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 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.
Morocco football fans launch fireworks and clash with Lille police
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.
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.’
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.