News

Moroccan fans clash with police after historic World Cup win over Spain

Wednesday 7 Dec 2022 10:25 am

Brussels police launch tear gas into crowd of rioting Morocco fans

Football fans were hit with tear gas last night as thousands across Europe celebrated Morocco’s win over Spain in the World Cup.

The nation sealed their spot in the quarter-finals for the first time in their history after last night’s match went to penalties.

The result means Morocco – the last African side in the tournament – will now play Portugal in the last eight on Saturday.

In London, ecstatic fans can be seen waving flares, singing and dancing in footage posted on social media.

Horns were blasting and Moroccan flags were said to be ‘everywhere’ on Edgware Road.

Elsewhere in Europe, celebrations took a more drastic turn.

In Brussels, riot police deployed tear gas in response to a large group of people gathered in the city centre.

Smoke spread through the Belgian streets as football fans clashed with officers.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock (13653019g) Fans clash with police as Moroccan supporters celebrate victory as Morocco qualified for 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Champs Elysees in Paris, France on December 07, 2022. Moroccan Fans Clash With Police - Paris, France - 06 Dec 2022
Football fans clashed with police in Paris, France (Picture: Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock)

Morocco football fans launch fireworks and clash with Lille police

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock (13653019q) Fans clash with police as Moroccan supporters celebrate victory as Morocco qualified for 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Champs Elysees in Paris, France on December 07, 2022. Moroccan Fans Clash With Police - Paris, France - 06 Dec 2022
Jubilant fans had gathered in city centres across Europe (Picture: Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock)

In Lille, a city in the northern part of France, people launched fireworks during dramatic scenes late last night.

Across the country, including in Paris, huge crowds had gathered and lit flares to celebrate Morocco’s win.

Meanwhile in London, hundreds of football fans took to the streets to celebrate the win over Spain, with one onlooker describing the scene as ‘such a surreal experience’ as smoke bombs were set off and dancing ensued.

Passersby commented on the scene in Edgware Road, where groups of people could be seen chanting, singing, and setting off smoke bombs in the street.

Morocco's supporters light flares to celebrate their victory after the Qatar 2022 World Cup football match between Morocco and Spain on the Champs Elysees in Paris on December 6, 2022. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)
Morocco’s supporters lit flares to celebrate their victory after the Qatar 2022 World Cup (Picture: Getty)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock (13653019b) Fans clash with police as Moroccan supporters celebrate victory as Morocco qualified for 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Champs Elysees in Paris, France on December 07, 2022. Moroccan Fans Clash With Police - Paris, France - 06 Dec 2022
Celebrations descended into disorder in some cities (Picture: Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock)
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock (13653019l) Fans clash with police as Moroccan supporters celebrate victory as Morocco qualified for 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Champs Elysees in Paris, France on December 07, 2022. Moroccan Fans Clash With Police - Paris, France - 06 Dec 2022
Riot police unleashed tear gas to disperse the crowds (Picture: Poitout Florian/ABACA/Shutterstock)

People in cars were even ‘hanging out of their car windows with Moroccan flags’ according to one onlooker.

‘It was incredible, there were lots of flags everywhere, not just Moroccan flags but flags of almost every African nation,’ Jahmell-Hasan Rhys Campbell, a 21-year-old student from London, told the PA news agency.

‘The cars were beeping every second, people were dancing in the street and hanging out of their car windows with Moroccan flags, it was such a surreal experience.

‘(There were) easily around 300 people.’

Morocco's fans celebrate after their team won the match against Spain at the World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar, in Tudela, northern Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Morocco won last night’s match after the game went to penalties (Picture: AP)
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Fans in Brussels watch Morocco v Spain - Brussels, Belgium - December 6, 2022 Fans clash with riot police after Morocco win their round of 16 match against Spain REUTERS/Yves Herman
The scenes in Brussels, Belgium, following the shock result (Picture: Reuters)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 07: Fans clash with police as Moroccan supporters celebrate victory as Morocco qualified for 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain on penalties during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Morocco and Spain at Champs Elysees in Paris, France on December 07, 2022. (Photo by Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Riot police were deployed on the streets of the city (Picture: Getty Images)

Another person, who recorded the celebrations from the top deck of a passing bus, said everyone seemed ‘in very high spirits’.

‘I don’t follow football closely so at first I wasn’t sure what was happening,’ Lucie Bickerdike, 37, said.

‘There were lots of car horns blaring all down the street, chanting, dancing, flares and fireworks.

‘At one point a group boarded the bus singing and dancing, and then left again,’ the PR agency owner added.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.