Several cities in France and Belgium erupted in violence after France eliminated Morocco from the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 semi-final victory.
As a result of Morocco’s loss to France in the World Cup semi-finals, police in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, have arrested around 100 people.
Belgian police said early Thursday that among the football fans detained on Wednesday night were those suspected of disrupting public order, damaging two police vehicles, and possessing illegal fireworks.
In France, police used tear gas to disperse rioters who fired off firecrackers in the city of Nice in the south and to disperse throngs of Morocco fans who were setting off fireworks near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Moroccan fans are now also rioting in Brussels.
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There were over 170 arrests made across France of football fans, including about 40 members of far-right organizations who were caught with illegal firearms.
Moroccan football fans in the southern French city of Montpellier threw flares and caused a disturbance after their team lost.
A 14-year-old boy was struck by an automobile and sustained injuries. Despite immediate medical attention, he passed away.
Videos showing Moroccan fans attempting to remove a France flag from the vehicle went popular on social media, and the driver promptly made a U-turn and fled. The incident is now being looked into by the police.