Several people were arrested for their alleged involvement in acts of « hooliganism » Sunday in Casablanca, after a match between Wydad and Raja, local authorities said.
After the final whistle of the meeting won by the Raja (1-0), supporters of the two major football clubs of the Moroccan metropolis “clashed with stones” in certain arteries of the city, causing two injured in the ranks of the police and property damage, according to the authorities.
Several people have been arrested and will be subject to an « investigation for alleged involvement in these acts of hooliganism », according to the same source.
Shortly before the meeting, groups of Raja « Ultras » supporters reported a « massive campaign of arrests » as well as a ban on « tifos whose contents are not disclosed to the police ».
Acts of vandalism and clashes between football supporters are recurrent in Morocco, a country where the football arouses fervor but focuses the frustrations of a youth lacking prospects.
After the deaths of two supporters in early 2016, the authorities dissolved groups of fans to fight hooliganism and prohibited any distinctive signs (slogans and banners) in the stadiums. But in March 2018, the authorities again authorized the presence of the “Ultras”.
The first groups of “Ultras” supporters appeared in 2005 in the two major clubs in Casablanca, before spreading all over the country.
In recent years, stadiums in the kingdom have been used more and more as protest spaces, with supporters singing their disenchantment and denouncing « oppression and injustice » in their own country.