Moroccan police have arrested more than 80 fans suspected of involvement in new riots following two matches in the local football league in Casablanca and Oujda, local media reported on Thursday.
The Casablanca Security Province (west) said that its members arrested 45 people, including 31 minors, “suspected of committing acts related to sports riots, during and after the match” of Raja Casablanca and the Royal Army within the twenty-ninth and penultimate stage, on Wednesday night.
She explained that the suspects threw stones at the public forces, injuring four policemen of varying severity, in addition to damaging two private cars.
In the city of Oujda (east), the police arrested 39 people on the sidelines of the Mouloudia, Oujda and Wydad Casablanca match in the same stage, “for their involvement in stone throwing and sports riots”, or “theft” and “possession of a white weapon”, according to the security mandate of this city.
These incidents left 69 security men slightly injured, while one of them was kept in the hospital, according to the same source, noting also that material losses were inflicted on police cars.
Research is still underway for other people suspected of involvement in these incidents.
These events come one stage away from the end of the league, in which Wydad Casablanca retained its title yesterday after its draw with Mouloudia Oujda (2-2), while its rivals, Raja Casablanca, lost their chances of competing for the title despite their victory over their guest FAR (2-1), as The difference between him and the champion is 4 points.
This season, the league has witnessed sporadic riots since the fans returned to the stadiums in February, after two years of closure due to the “Covid-19” pandemic.
The most violent incidents were recorded in the capital, Rabat, in mid-March, following the match between the Royal Army and Morocco Fez in the local cup competitions (Throne Cup), and resulted in the arrest of 160 fans, 70 of whom were referred to court.
The kingdom has also witnessed riots, the most violent of which resulted in the killing of fans in 2016. The authorities decided to dissolve groups of “ultras” (fan groups) and banned any special slogans or banners in stadiums, before allowing them to return in 2018.