Belgian riot police fire tear gas and water cannon at violent crowds setting fires and vandalizing cars in Brussels as world number 2 team Belgium LOSE to Morocco 2-0 in another huge World Cup win in Qatar
- Police cordoned off parts of the city, deployed water cannons and fired tear gas.
- Dozens of rioters set fire to steps and threw bricks at cars after the game
- Police approached when one person suffered facial injuries, a spokesman said.
Rioters set fires and threw bricks at cars in Brussels following Belgium’s shock 2-0 loss to Morocco in the World Cup.
Police had to cordon off parts of the city center, deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd as violence broke out after the match.
Dozens of rioters set fire to steps and threw bricks at cars, before police intervened when one person suffered facial injuries, according to a police spokesman.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close urged soccer fans to stay away from the city center and said authorities were doing everything they could to keep order on the streets. Even metro and tram traffic had to be stopped on police orders.
Clashes in Brussels after the World Cup match between Belgium and Morocco this afternoon
Morocco’s victory was a big surprise at the tournament 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 riots.