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World Cup riot erupts as fans flip cars and set fires after Belgium vs Morocco match

World Cup riot erupts as fans flip cars and set fires after Belgium vs Morocco match

Belgium's World Cup reverse at the hands of Morocco has not gone down well in the country with supporters swarming the streets as violent scenes broke out and water canons were deployed to control the swell

Belgium fans have staged riots in the country after they slumped to an embarrassing World Cup defeat to Morocco on Sunday.

Abdelhamid Sabiri and Zakaria Aboukhlal both scored to earn a fantastic victory for the African side at the Al Thumama Stadium. The result has not gone down well in Belgium though with fans taking to the streets of Brussels in rampage with a car being flipped in the process. As per various reports, police deployed water cans and fired tear gas in an effort to control the crowds as scenes turned increasingly ugly. It is believed that police arrested around a dozen people in Brussels while another eight people were detained following ugly scenes in Antwerp.

Footage has shown supporters lighting fires in the middle of the road in the Belgian capital with a red car then having its windows smashed before it was flipped. Police spokesman Ilse Van de Keere condemned the violence, stating: "Around 7 p.m. calm returned and preventive patrols remain in place in the sectors concerned. "The rioters used pyrotechnic material, projectiles, sticks, and set fire on the public highway. Also, a journalist was injured in the face by fireworks. It is for these reasons that it was decided to proceed with a police intervention, with the deployment of water cannon and the use of tear gas."

Further videos show fans hurling fireworks and bricks towards traffic, whilst Moroccan fans living in the country continued to celebrate. Brussels mayor Philippe Close issued a strong statement to condemn the violence. He said: "I strongly condemn the incidents that occurred this afternoon. The police have already acted harshly. "So I advise supporters not to come to the centre. The police are doing everything they can to maintain public order."

Tensions between supporters had apparently been mounting ahead of the meeting in Qatar with an estimated quarter of a million of the country's inhabitants being of Moroccan descent. Fireworks were thrown near Brussels-South railway station before kick-off, whilst the scenes grew increasingly more violent come the conclusion of the game. Around 100 riot police were apparently scrambled in an effort to control the chaos. It remains to be seen quite how many individuals were injured in the scenes. "Police moved in after one person suffered facial injuries," Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said.


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