Crowd trouble mars Belgian soccer matches

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian soccer league condemned the “unacceptable” behavior of fans involved in pitch invasions Sunday at two top-flight matches.

The match between Standard Liege and Charleroi was stopped in the 88th minute after Standard fans threw flares and took to the field, with Standard trailing 3-0 at home.

Video footage showed Standard fans approaching the stand where Charleroi supporters sat and throwing projectiles in their direction.

Crowd trouble also marred the match between Beerschot and Antwerp.

“The way the Antwerp derby and the Walloon derby took place is a disgrace for professional soccer,” said Pierre François, the Pro League CEO. “We apologize for these unacceptable incidents and hope that the clubs concerned will take clear measures against the offenders.”

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