Morocco head coach Walid Regragui has condemned the riots that took place across major Belgian cities following his sides 2-0 victory over Belgium. Morocco have a large population that live in Belgium, either through migration or by birth in the European country. Following their shock 2-0 victory at the World Cup, many Moroccan fans in cities such as Antwerp and Brussels took to the streets to celebrate. This led to clashes with police and sour scenes.
As reported by Voetbalkrant, Regragui called for more calm scenes if his side progresses to the knock-out stages. The former Toulouse player said “It is very difficult to see people behave like this in Belgium. You have to show respect for the country where you were born and where you live. In our culture you have to respect everyone”.
Regragui’s side have a chance to progress to the knock-out stages of a World Cup for only the second time in the countries history when they face Canada. Canada have already been knocked out, and the Atlas Lions just need a point to progress. The side are yet to concede at this years World Cup, keeping clean sheets against both Belgium and Croatia.