VIDEO: Violent Riots Breaks Out In Brussels After Belgium World Cup Loss To Morocco

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Rioters set fire and threw bricks at cars in Brussels after Belgium lost 2-0 to Morocco at the World Cup.

Police had to seal off parts of the city centre, deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse crowds as violence broke out following the match.

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A police spokesman said dozens of rioters set fire to the stairs and threw bricks at cars before police arrived when one person was injured in the face.

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Brussels Mayor Philippe Close urged all football fans to stay away from the city center and said the authorities were doing everything possible to keep the streets safe.

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Morocco’s victory was a big shock at the tournament and fans with Moroccan immigrant roots celebrated it enthusiastically in many Belgian cities. It was not immediately clear how many people were arrested during the riots.

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Mr Close said he had ordered the police to make the arrests, adding: “I strongly condemn the events that took place this afternoon. “The police have already acted severely. So I would advise supporters not to come downtown.

The police will do everything possible to ensure public order. Earlier, Morocco achieved a deserved victory after goals from Abdelhamid Sabir and Zakaria Aboukhlal.

The , Moroccan fans were sent into a frenzy in the 73rd minute when substitute Sabiri scored a goal against the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a free kick that curled into the net at the near post.

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