BREAKING: 14-year-old Morocco football fan killed in Montpellier after car with French flag runs over him

14-year-old Morocco fan killed in Montpellier after car with French flag runs over him

A Morocco football fan, believed to have been 14 years of age was killed after the driver of a car displaying a French flag ran over him.

 

The authorities in the French city of Montpellier confirmed this morning, Thursday, December 15, that a Morocco football fan was killed after a car ran over him.

A statement was released by Hugues Moutouh, on behalf of the Prefect of Herault. It did not mention the age of the deceased but local online reports claimed he was 14 years old.

It translates as: “A young boy was violently hit this Wednesday evening in Montpellier by a driver after the semi-final match of the football World Cup. He was transferred to the hospital in absolute emergency, where he died shortly after medical treatment. My thoughts are with his family and friends”.

“The vehicle was found near the scene of the accident and placed in a pound. A police investigation is progressing rapidly under the direction of the prosecutor’s office”.

Video footage posted on social media captured the moment a driver clearly panicked after he became surrounded by a crowd of Moroccan fans who attempted to steal a French flag that was sticking out of the back window of his vehicle.

Online reports said that violence had broken out in Montpellier with football fans throwing fireworks at police officers who had been deployed in the city. Street furniture was also thrown, along with rocks, with fires being lit in the streets. The police responded with rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas.

Football fans had taken to the streets following the 2022 Qatar World Cup semi-final that was played on Wednesday 14, in which France beat Morocco 2-0. Violence involving Moroccan fans had erupted in various parts of Europe after previous matches in the tournament, but there had been no serious incidents.

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