One Spanish reporter, Anton Meana, told AS: “Here in Doha it’s a total invasion by Morocco fans. The local police are overwhelmed. By tomorrow (Tuesday) they will outnumber Spanish supporters by nine or ten to one.
Morocco fans had celebrated jubilantly in the streets after sealing their progress as Group F winners, knocking out Belgium and setting up a last-16 tie with much-fancied Spain.
The heavy-handed approach from security will once again raise questions about the suitability of Qatar being able to hand a tournament where hundreds of thousands of fans embark on the World Cup for the month-long tournament.
Earlier in the tournament, fans complained about being denying entry to stadiums due to a mass electronic failure with FIFA’s paperless ticket system. Fans were refunded, but some ended up being denied entry to the stadium and missed the game as a result.