Rioting mob injure 22 police officers as chaos erupts in Brussels after Morocco qualify for the World Cup

CHAOS erupted in Brussels after Morocco secured their spot in the 2018 World Cup. A stone-throwing mob of around 300 injured 22 police officers, looted shops and torched cars. A number of Moroccan …

 

CHAOS erupted in Brussels after Morocco secured their spot in the 2018 World Cup.

A stone-throwing mob of around 300 injured 22 police officers, looted shops and torched cars.

 Police were forced to use a water cannon to control the crowd

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Police were forced to use a water cannon to control the crowd

A number of Moroccan fans turned violent when celebrating their sides 2-0 victory against the Ivory Coast.

Riot Police were called out to control the crowd that were wreaking havoc on the streets of Brussels.

They were forced to use a water canon to stop the mob launching stones and smashing glass.

Reports from the area suggested that calm had mostly returned by 8:30pm – two hours after the match had finished.

Water cannons blasted at rioting football fans as Morocco qualify for 2018 World Cup after beating Ivory Coast in Brussels

 The officers had to block off roads in the area

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The officers had to block off roads in the area

 Moroccan fans celebrate in Marrakech...with a horse

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Moroccan fans celebrate in Marrakech…with a horse

Belgium has a large Moroccan community, making up 4 per cent of the population.

Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter: “Unacceptable aggression in the centre of Brussels. Living together means respect, also for the police who are committed to our safety day and night.”

Reports suggest that Police were forced to block off roads to deny the fans access.

Moroccan fans also allegedly turned violent in Netherlands when celebrating the victory.

 Over 20 police officers were injured

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Over 20 police officers were injured

 Moroccan fans fly their flag in Marrakech

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Moroccan fans fly their flag in Marrakech

In Rotterdam, flares were set off in the Moroccan colours after the final whistle.

Herve Renard’s side booked their spot in the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia found the net to seal the win.

 Nabil Dirar celebrates his goal at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium

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Nabil Dirar celebrates his goal at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium

 Calm was restored in the area around two hours after the final whistle

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Calm was restored in the area around two hours after the final whistle

 Moroccan fans flooded to the streets of Marrakech

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Moroccan fans flooded to the streets of Marrakech

 

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