Morocco World Cup qualification create riot in Brussels

Morocco ’s return to the World Cup for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday , when crowds clashed with police , setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers .


Images on social media showed overturned , burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city ’s stock exchange .

Brussels police said that of some 1 ,500 people had come to celebrate Morocco ’s 2- 0 win over Ivory Coast , but that around 300 started to behave violently and attacked police officers and firemen called to put out burning cars and dust bins .

More than 100 ,000 people of Moroccan origin live in Brussels . Belgium saw an influx of Moroccan workers in the 1960 s and 1970s.

Prosecutors said by Sunday morning no arrests had been made , but Belgium’s interior minister vowed to hold those responsible to account, calling the events unacceptable .

“The fundamental problem is that such events are used as an excuse for reckless behaviour and doing unacceptable things ,” Interior Minister Jan Jambon told Belgium’ s Radio 1 .
“We have camera images – whoever did this will pay for this , there is no way around it, ” Jambon added