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France's World Cup victory against Morocco: riots at fan celebrations


Morocco was eliminated in the semi-finals of the World Cup. In several Belgian and French cities, the police had a lot to do. A fatal incident occurred in Montepellier.

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Police officers with water cannons in Brussels

Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert / dpa

The Moroccan dreams of the final are over: On Wednesday, the national soccer team lost to the team from France, in the end it was 0:2.

Morocco were the first African team to reach the top four at a World Cup (you can read the match report here).

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After the defeat of the Moroccans, riots broke out in Brussels.

The police arrested around a hundred people.

They are accused of disturbing public order, damaging two police vehicles and possessing banned fireworks: the Belga news agency reported on Thursday night, citing the police.

Traffic in parts of the city center was blocked as a precaution.

There were also clashes in Antwerp.

Several people were also arrested here.

Pictures from the Belgian capital showed numerous police officers in riot gear and burning piles of rubbish at night.

However, photos of Belga also showed local residents who began cleaning up rubbish from the streets in the evening.

115 arrests in the Paris area, fatal incident in Montpellier

There were also numerous incidents in Paris during the night.

Although the vast majority peacefully celebrated the 2-0 win against Morocco in the semifinals, rioters and police officers clashed on the Champs-Élysées, as reported by the media.

In the Paris area alone, 115 people were arrested, the broadcaster BFMTV reported.

In the meantime, there was also talk of a tense situation in Lyon.

As the newspaper "Nice-Matin" reported, there were also conflicts between fans and the police in Nice and Cannes.

In Montpellier, southern France, fans from both sides shot each other with fireworks.

There was also a fatal incident in the city: a 14-year-old was hit by a car on the sidelines of a fan party and fatally injured.

As the prefecture in Montpellier announced, the car hit the young person with full force on Wednesday evening.

The driver fled.

The teenager was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and died there.

The car was found abandoned near the scene of the accident and confiscated.

As the broadcaster RTL reported, videos on social networks indicated that young people had initially torn down a driver's flag.

He then accelerated and caught one of the young people.

Quiet location in Berlin

In Berlin, the mood remained calm overall, most people went home quickly after the game, said a police spokesman on Wednesday evening.

They had been prepared for a larger effort - especially in the event of a victory for the Moroccan team.

In the Berlin-Neukölln district, fans set off a short fireworks display.

The final of the World Cup is on Sunday, when defending champions France meet Argentina.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-12-15

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