Riots in Belgium, the Netherlands and France after the World Cup match France-Marocco

Riots broke out in Belgian, Dutch and French cities on Wednesday night after Morocco lost its World Cup semi-final match to France.

In Brussels, rioters sought confrontation with police immediately after the match. Police deployed a water cannon and tear gas. About 213 arrests were made. The water cannon was also used in Antwerp when rioters sought to confront the police.

"A few found it necessary to set off fireworks despite the defeat," said Antwerp police spokesman Willem Migom. "These included heavy cobra fireworks. Initially, neighbourhood fathers and volunteers controlled tempers. But those who took to the streets afterwards clearly had negative intentions." As a result, some 85 arrests were made.

In Dutch cities, many disappointed fans took to the streets. In Amsterdam's Osdorp district, more than 100 people sought confrontation with police, a spokesman told news agency ANP. In Rotterdam, young people set off fireworks and blocked the streets. Some threw stones at the police. A bystander was also assaulted.

In the French capital Paris, police officers were pelted with fireworks. In Lyon, rioters clashed with police. They also attacked people carrying Moroccan flags. Across France, more than 10,000 officers were out to maintain order. In Montpellier, a 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a motorist.

On Saturday, Morocco plays its final match at the World Cup in Qatar. The team will then face Croatia in the consolation final. On Sunday, Argentina and France battle for the world title.


Moroccan supporters light up a fire in a street after Morocco's football team lost the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final football match against France, in Brussels on December 14, 2022. The city center of Brussels faced tensions after the football game and clashes between police and some supporters.

© Simon Wohlfahrt / AFP




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