Brussels sees riots after Morocco beats Belgium at World Cup

Brussels mayor Philippe Close urged football fans to stay away from the city center and said authorities were doing their utmost to keep order in the streets.

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Riots in Brussels after Morocco beat Belgium at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Photo: Twitter/Screengrab

Police had to seal off parts of the centre of Brussels, deploy water cannons and fire tear gas to disperse crowds following violence during and after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Dozens of rioters set steps on fire and pelted cars with bricks. Police moved in after one person suffered facial injuries, said Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere.

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Brussels mayor Philippe Close urged football fans to stay away from the city center and said authorities were doing their utmost to keep order in the streets.

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Even subway and tram traffic had to be interrupted on police orders.

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Morocco’s victory was a major upset at the World Cup and was enthusiastically celebrated by fans with Moroccan immigrant roots in many Belgian cities. It was not immediately clear how many people were detained during the disturbances.

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