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Brussels sees riots after Morocco beat Belgium at World Cup

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2022 | 1:14 PM
Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne gestures during the World Cup group F football match between Belgium and Morocco, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, November 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

BRUSSELS (AP) — 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 World Cup.

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.

Brussels mayor Philippe Close urged football fans to stay away from the city centre and said authorities were doing their utmost to keep order in the streets. Even subway and tram traffic had to be interrupted on police orders.

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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