Boy killed during violent clashes between fans of France and Morocco

Violent confrontations involving fans from both sides and police broke out after the semi-final (Image: AFP)

A boy has been killed in clashes that broke out after yesterday’s World Cup semi-final between France and Morocco.

Riot police had to be deployed in some areas after fans were involved in violent street confrontations.

France ended Morocco’s historic run at the tournament last night with a 2-0 win despite a spirited performance from the underdogs.

Police had prevented disturbances before the match started due to the close and complex ties between the two countries.

There are more than one million people in France of Moroccan heritage, a legacy of decades of French rule in parts of North Africa.

Morocco became the first African and first Arab team to ever reach such an advanced stage of the tournament.

The fatal incident happened in the southern city of Montpellier, local officials said.

Fan clash after a World Cup match

Fans clashed with police in Paris after the final whistle (Image: Anadolu)

Fan clash after a World Cup match

The highly charged match put the complicated and deep ties between the two countries in the spotlight (Image: Getty)

An unnamed child was hit by a car after the match and died after being taken to hospital.

Graphic footage on social media shows a white vehicle swerving through a crowd that had gathered on a road.

One man can be seen partially disappearing under the car as it speeds away while another is thrown over the hood.

A statement issued by the local government of Hérault said: “A young boy was violently hit on Wednesday evening in Montpellier by a driver, after the semi-final match of the football World Cup.

“Transfered to the hospital in an absolute emergency, he died shortly after medical treatment.

“My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. The car was found near the scene of the accident and taken into custody.

“The police investigation is proceeding rapidly under the direction of the prosecutor’s office.”

Police in Paris

A large number of police were deployed across French cities ahead of the match (Image: Reuters)

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A video, shared by French daily Midi Libre, shows fireworks and flares being thrown over a square in Montpellier.

People can be seen running for cover as the projectiles are thrown.

Others were seen scaling a monument in the footage while grabbing red torches.

After the result, France is now one match away from defending their World Cup crown.

They face Argentina in the final on Sunday.

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