Moroccan FIFA World Cup party turns violent, 22 cops injured

Nov 13, 2017, 08:36 IST | AFP

The violence that broke out late Saturday in central Brussels after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup injured 22 police officers, police told Belga news agency

The violence that broke out late Saturday in central Brussels after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup injured 22 police officers, police told Belga news agency. Riot police were sent out to control a crowd of about 300 people after the final whistle. “Unacceptable aggression in the centre of Brussels — living together means respect, also for the police who are committed to our safety day and night,” Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on his twitter account yesterday.

Damage caused by rioting Moroccan fans in Brussels on Saturday after their team's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. pic/AFP
Damage caused by rioting Moroccan fans in Brussels on Saturday after their team's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. pic/AFP

An AFP reporter on the scene said calm had mostly returned by 2030 GMT (2am IST) , about two hours after the end of the match, though a heavy police presence remained through the night. Cars were burned, shops looted and street furniture damaged, police said.

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