Riot in Brussels after Morocco Defeats Belgium in World Cup
By Rylan Driver, Hans Doerr, and Jonathan Given
On Sunday, November 27 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Morocco upset Belgium in a 2-0 victory. Morocco Midfielder, Abdelhamid Sabiri, scored the first goal in the game before Forward, Zakaria Aboukhlal, scored the second goal to seal the game. As Morocco fans went home to celebrate their team’s victory, Belgium fans did not. Brussels police said, “At around 3:22 pm, dozens of masked persons sought a confrontation with the security services, jeopardizing public safety.” “Calm returned around 7 p.m. and preventive patrols are still present in the sectors concerned,” stated CNN.
During that time period, “several riots took place across the Belgian capital where dozens of soccer fans, some draped in Moroccan flags, clashed with riot police, setting a car on fire as well as electric scooters.” “It was immediately decided to proceed to a police intervention, with the use of a water cannon and tear gas,” the Brussels police said. Philippe Close, the mayor of Brussels, said that parents of the young rioters will be held liable for damaged infrastructure in the Belgian capital.