A 14-year-old Moroccan soccer fan was killed tonight in France (between Wednesday and Thursday), after a car ran over him during the riots that broke out in Montpellier, following the French team's 0:2 victory over Morocco in the World Cup semi-finals.
Video clips published on social networks, documented the moment when a driver panicked, after being surrounded by a crowd of Moroccan fans who tried to steal the French flag that was sticking out of the back window of his car, when during the attempt he ran over several fans.
The boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead, when the local police issued a statement that he was unable to survive the severe injury and that they began chasing the speeding driver, and later also confirmed that the offender's vehicle was found abandoned.
In another of his harsh films, a number of France fans are seen being lynched in the street, being thrown on the floor and bleeding from the head.
The violence in Montpellier broke out when football fans threw fireworks at police officers who were deployed in the city.
Also, street furniture was thrown, along with rocks, when bonfires were lit in the streets.
The police responded with rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.
Violent clashes between Moroccans and the nation that hosts them in the center of Montpellier. @StanVoWales @DanVoWMedia @DaveAtherton20 #MoroccoVsFrance #VoiceOfWales pic.twitter.com/UxgGE4NuYf
— Voice Of Wales (@VoWalesOfficial) December 15, 2022
However, Montpellier was not alone, and the riots broke out all over France, when in the capital Paris several vehicles were set on fire and fireworks were thrown at police officers and 115 rioters were arrested.
Riots in Paris, photo: AP
Riots in Belgium too
Riots in Belgium too
Around 100 football fans, some of them wrapped in Moroccan flags, also clashed with the police in the center of Brussels. The fans, who had gathered near the Brussels South station, threw fireworks and other objects at lines of police dressed in riot gear, and set fire to several trash cans and cardboard boxes.
The police responded with water cannons and tear gas.
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