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Fans Killed in Casablanca Riots During Moroccan Football Match

Rival fans of Raja de Casablanca football club clash at the end of a football match between their team and Chabab Rif Al Hoceima on March 19, 2016, at the Mohammed V stadium in Moroccan city of Casablanca. / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

Two spectators have been killed during a football match in Casablanca, Morocco, as riots erupted in the stands. 

Morocco World News relayed a statement from the General Directorate of National Security, via the Maghreb Arab Press, which said that two fans died and another 54 were injured during the contest at the Mohammed V stadium on Saturday night.

AAP (h/t the Courier Mail) reported the riot began after the final whistle.

Moroccan emergency personnel carry an injured supporter following clashes between rival fans of Raja de Casablanca football club at the end of their match against Chabab Rif Al Hoceima on March 19, 2016, at the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca. / AFP / ST
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The information provided by the press suggests the fighting broke out between separate supporter groups of Raja de Casablanca—the home side—during their match with Chabab Rif Al Hoceima.

Here is a look at some of the rioting that took place, per Warning, contains some distressing scenes:

AAP reported that 30 rioters have been arrested in connection with the clashes, which also saw cars damaged outside the stadium.

Raja are 11-time champions of Morocco, with their most recent title coming in the 2012-13 campaign. They finished as runners-up in the 2013 Club World Cup after a surprise run to the final, eventually losing to Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.

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