June 20, 2018 / 12:46 PM / 9 months ago

Poles, Senegalese in Antwerp brawl after World Cup game

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dozens of soccer fans scuffled and threw chairs after a live screening at a Belgian outdoor cafe of Poland’s 2-1 upset defeat by Senegal on Tuesday at the World Cup in Russia.

A police spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday that one person was hurt in the incident in the port city of Antwerp but no arrests were made. Local newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen quoted police as saying some 40-50 people were involved.

Bar manager Johan Peeraer told the paper about 100 Poles and 30 Senegalese supporters were watching the game when things got tense toward the end: “A bit of an argument started outside and it got out of hand and people started throwing chairs,” he said.

Disturbances around the four-yearly global soccer festival have been rare, a week into the month-long tournament.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek in Brussels and Alastair Macdonald in Moscow; Editing by Alison Williams

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