Headline and link courtesy Ali Dashti. From Reuters:
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — La Louviere midfielder Rachid Belabed has been fired by his Belgian first division club after he was arrested on assault charges at the weekend.
He was put under arrest by an examining magistrate on Monday for punching and kicking a terrorism expert outside the Brussels studios of RTL-TVi where the victim had taken part in a television talk show.
“Unable to tolerate behaviour that goes against democratic values, La Louviere club has decided to fire Mr R. Belabed,” read a club statement that described his acts as “unacceptable and unjustified.”
Belabed, a 24-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent, was waiting outside the studios when Claude Moniquet, a former journalist, walked out with a friend after the show, Controverse, which had hosted a discussion on terrorism.
“A man approached me. He was tense, nervous and said he wanted to talk to me,” Moniquet, a writer on terrorism, told local tabloid La Derniere Heure.
“He said ‘I don’t like you. You are an enemy of Islam, a racist’.”
Belabed hit him in the head and kicked him when he fell to the ground, Moniquet said, adding that he later had to be treated at a clinic for his injuries.