BRUSSELS (AP) — Police had to seal off parts of central Brussels, deploy water cannon and fire tear gas to disperse crowds following violence during and after Morocco’s upset 2-0 victory over Belgium in the World Cup.
Dozens of rioters set fire to the steps and threw bricks at cars. Police intervened after one person sustained facial injuries, Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close urged soccer fans to stay away from the city center and said authorities were doing everything they could to keep order on the streets. Even metro and tram traffic had to be stopped on police orders.