NU.nl – Seven individuals who were arrested during disturbances in the Netherlands that followed Morocco’s World Cup victory over Spain, will have to attend a police station at 4pm on Saturday for questioning, meaning they will miss the country’s first ever appearance in a quarter-final in the tournament.
Disturbances broke out in numerous Dutch cities on Tuesday evening after Morocco defeated Spain on penalties, with reports of issues in the Hague, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam. In Rotterdam alone, there were 35 arrests for behaviours such as setting off and possessing fireworks, refusing to show an ID or antisocial behaviour.
Subsequent to these arrests, police have told seven individuals that they will be required to attend questioning at the exact time Morocco’s next match kicks off. A police spokesperson said he was not able to comment on whether or not the time was chosen for that specific reason, or what would happen if the suspects did not attend.
Despite issues in various cities, Dutch police were keen to stress that, for the most part, Morocco fans in the country were respectful and were only enjoying themselves without problem following the win. The police force posted on Twitter that “After Morocco’s victory, a large number of supporters celebrated. The vast majority of people behaved properly”.
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