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Morocco-Spain match: Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain fear excesses

2022-12-06T11:21:44.059Z

Significant security arrangements are in place in many cities in these three countries. Correspondent in Brussels To discover All World Cup match results Download the Le Figaro Sport app and follow the Blues in Qatar World Cup: The complete table of the final phase The potion is bitter for Belgium. Not only were the Red Devils eliminated from the World Cup before the round of 16, but the country – in which a large Moroccan community lives – must also prepare for possible excesses



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The potion is bitter for Belgium.

Not only were the Red Devils eliminated from the World Cup before the round of 16, but the country – in which a large Moroccan community lives – must also prepare for possible excesses and abuses following the success of the Atlas Lions, the Moroccan team.

Security devices are still planned this Tuesday as Morocco and Spain face each other in the round of 16 in the afternoon (4 p.m.).

Objective: to prevent the scenes of urban guerrilla warfare experienced by Brussels, Antwerp and Liège on Sunday 27 November – even before the end of the Belgium-Morocco match – from happening again.

Football should be a party.

Violence is inappropriate in such circumstances

,” Prime Minister Alexander De Croo lamented at the time.

For Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden, the problem goes beyond football.

How should we deal with people who don't want to fit into our society?

she asked herself the day after the riots.

call for calm

Of course, the Belgian authorities are not talkative about the means mobilized on Tuesday.

The first rule is not to communicate on the measures

“, we sweep at the national crisis center, the federal cell which could be called upon to take control if the overflows were to multiply in the country.

For the time being, it is the local police who are supposed to organize themselves with the reinforcement of the federal police.

In Brussels, operations will be piloted from the regional crisis centre.

And on the ground, police officers in civilian clothes and in uniform, as well as water cannons will be ready and ready to intervene, especially in the boulevards of the city center of the district where the supporters - as well as the thugs - are used to flocking .

The objective is in particular to protect "Winter Pleasures", the important Christmas market in the Belgian capital.

Members of the Moroccan community have called for calm and should, as he did last Thursday after the Morocco-Canada match, come to the scene to calm the spirits heated by victory or failure.

The Antwerp police are hardly more talkative about the planned device.

We analyze all messages on social networks.

The police will be visible and invisible

 , ”it was indicated Monday evening.

A security device is indeed provided.

This being the case, last Thursday, no incident was deplored

 , ”explains a spokesperson for the police in Liège, where a police station had been attacked on November 27.

The Netherlands and Spain vigilant

It is not only in Belgium that the police are on alert.

In the Netherlands, security arrangements are planned in The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

On November 27, these cities had been the scene of violence.

In Amsterdam, a water cannon on loan from the German police will be ready to be fired, as the Dutch water cannons are all currently out of service.

In The Hague, letters have been sent to certain "supporters" to inform them that it may, in the future, be prohibited from going to certain areas.

While diplomatic relations are tense between Spain and Morocco, the Spanish authorities are on alert.

They fear to experience the same overflows as those which had taken place in Brussels at the end of November, when Belgium had faced Morocco.

The national police took the lead, asking all the provinces of the country to estimate the number of Moroccans living there and to indicate whether the reinforcement of riot control units was necessary.

Special arrangements are planned in several cities, including Madrid, Murcia, Almeria and Valencia.

The Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities called on the Muslim community to apply "

the morals of Islam, among which are respect and tolerance

 ".

The Consulate General of Morocco in Almeria sent a press release to all associations of the Moroccan community, asking everyone to "

show sportsmanship and good manners based on respectful behavior in the event of victory or defeat.

".

It wasn't the right place for me

Ashraf Akimi

If they are real, the risks associated with such manifestations seem to escape some players.

Achraf Hakimi, who chose the Atlas Lions and not the team from Spain, the country where he was born and raised, had these words in a long interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca.

"

I went to try out for the Spanish national team

 ," he explained.

It was not the right place for me, I did not feel at home.

It was not what I had learned and lived at home, namely the Arab culture, the fact of being Moroccan.

»

Source: lefigaro

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