Morocco fans riot in Brussels after their team’s win over Belgium at the World Cup

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Morocco fans riot in Brussels after their team’s win over Belgium at the World Cup

Riots broke out in several Belgian and Dutch cities after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup.

Police detained about a dozen people after they deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse crowds in Brussels.

Dozens of rioters overturned and torched cars, set electric scooters on fire and pelted cars with bricks.

Police moved in after one person suffered facial injuries, said Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere.

Brussels Mayor Philippe Close urged people to stay away from the city centre and said authorities were doing their utmost to keep order in the streets.

Subway and tram traffic had to be interrupted on police orders.

“Those are not fans, they are rioters. Moroccan fans are there to celebrate,” Mr Close said.

There were also disturbances in the city of Antwerp and Liege.

“Sad to see how a few individuals abuse a situation to run amok,” said Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden.

Police in the neighbouring Netherlands said violence erupted in the port city of Rotterdam, with riot officers attempting to break up a group of 500 soccer supporters who pelted police with fireworks and glass. Media reported unrest in the capital Amsterdam and The Hague.

Morocco’s victory was a major upset at the World Cup and was enthusiastically celebrated by fans with Moroccan immigrant roots in many Belgian and Dutch cities.

The victory put Morocco into second in their group on four points, equal with first-placed Croatia, while Belgium sits third on three points.

Morocco will next play Canada, who have lost both their matches, while Belgium will face Croatia in a crucial clash that may decide which of the two teams progresses through the tournament.

AP

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