Anderlecht misses European playoffs in worst season since 1937, hooligans storm stadium
Riots broke out at Anderlecht’s stadium Sunday night. Hooligans of the Belgian top club stormed the main entrance after the 2-3 defeat against KV Mechelen.
Anderlecht, which still lost to AZ in the Conference League on Thursday, finished the regular league as number eleven and thus failed to qualify for the playoffs II for European soccer. It is the worst season of the club from Brussels since 1937.
During the match, supporters were already calling for the departure of president Wouter Vandenhaute. After the match, men wearing balaclavas and hoodies penetrated the VIP area and the mixed zone, several media in Belgium reported. It is not yet known whether police have arrested people.
After the last match day in the regular season, Club Brugge did rejoice. Thanks to a 7-0 victory over KAS Eupen, the team secured participation in the playoffs I, where the best four clubs compete for the national title, at the expense of KAA Gent. Noa Lang scored one of the seven goals.
KRC Genk, Union Saint-Gilloise and coach Mark van Bommel’s Antwerp are also competing for the title. Seraing, Zulte Waregem and KV Oostende are relegated.