Many, including police, sustained serious wounds when Raja fans vandalized the Rabat stadium.
Rabat – Violence erupted at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat during the 19th “Clasico” professional football tournament game between rival fans of Casablanca’s Raja Athletic (RCA) football club and the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) club.
At the final whistle, FAR won 2-1, but violence marred the victory. Stone-throwing left many with serious injuries, including security forces.
Police cracked down on fans and arrested many, especially Raja fans, who flooded into the city in large numbers.
Many hooligans reportedly engaged in acts of vandalism, ripping out seats and throwing them onto the pitch, especially in the away stand reserved for Raja fans.
The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will likely sanction Raja by making it play its next match without fans.
Disorderly behavior has persisted in Moroccan stadiums for several weeks now following an outbreak of violence in Oujda, northeast Morocco.
The FRMF’s Central Committee for Discipline and Sportsmanship of imposed tough sanctions for acts of vandalism during the Oriental Derby game between Mouloudia Club of Oujda (MCO) and Nahdat Berkane (RSB) in Oujda.
FRMF ordered MCO to play 5 matches without fans and pay an MAD 85,000 fine. RSB was also sanctioned to play 2 matches without fans and pay an MAD 10,000 fine.
RSB managers will have to pay the cost of the damage to the city of Oujda.
A YouTube video shows Oujda MCO supporters setting fire to seats in the stands while cheerfully shouting their chants.