France’s victory over England and Morocco’s victory over Portugal in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar sparked riots in Paris and Brussels on Saturday night.
In Paris, Moroccan and French fans met the police on the Champs-Elysees, who used tear gas in the clashes. First, Moroccan fans flocked to the Parisian street after their team won, followed by Blues fans after France won.
Television footage showed football fans smashing windows and fighting with police. The avenue de Friedland, near the Champs-Elysées, also caught fire.
Arrests in Brussels
As with the previous victories of the Moroccan national team, there were riots again in Brussels. After Morocco entered the semi-finals, the police in Brussels arrested 60 people.
As Belgian news agency Belga reported on Sunday night, citing a police spokeswoman, revelers heavily used fireworks after the 1-0 win over Portugal.
Small groups threw objects at police officers. Bielga reported that at first the festivities began peacefully, but then the mood changed in some places.
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