UEFA opens case af­ter crowd dis­or­der at Arse­nal-Cologne

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

UEFA opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against Arse­nal and Cologne yes­ter­day af­ter crowd dis­or­der marred their Europa League game.

Arse­nal also said it will con­duct a re­view into how large num­bers of Cologne fans gained ac­cess to the home sec­tions of Emi­rates Sta­dium for the Group H match on Thurs­day.

Kick­off was de­layed for an hour be­cause of the pres­ence of thou­sands of tick­et­less Cologne fans around the ground, which made it hard for tick­ethold­ers to en­ter the sta­dium.

It was clear dur­ing the match that many away sup­port­ers were sit­ting among Arse­nal fans in the sta­dium, with some of them caus­ing prob­lems for stew­ards.

Cologne faces four charges from UEFA: Crowd dis­tur­bances, set­ting off fire­works, throw­ing ob­jects, and acts of dam­age. Arse­nal was charged with hav­ing stair­ways blocked in the away sec­tion.

The case will be heard on Thurs­day. Arse­nal said it was “very dis­ap­point­ing” that touts sold tick­ets to Cologne sup­port­ers, be­yond the 3,000 al­lo­cated to the Ger­man team in line with UEFA rules, af­ter tak­ing “ex­ten­sive steps in ad­vance” to stop that hap­pen­ing

An es­ti­mated 20,000 Cologne fans came to London ahead of the match. Po­lice said five peo­ple were ar­rested for public dis­or­der.

Arse­nal won the game 3-1.

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