It’s ‘un­fair’ to blame Gun­ners

Sport360 - - Football | La Liga | Europa - By Mark Mann-Bryans ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com @MarkyMBryans

Ar­se­nal boss Arsene Wenger be­lieves it would be “com­pletely un­fair” for the club to be sanc­tioned fol­low­ing Thurs­day night’s Europa League clash against Cologne.

UEFA an­nounced that they had opened dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings fol­low­ing the crowd trou­ble which over­shad­owed the match at the Emi­rates Sta­dium.

The Group H tie, in which Ar­se­nal even­tu­ally ran out 3-1 win­ners, was de­layed by an hour as around 17,000 tick­et­less Cologne fans looked to gain en­try.

There were clearly thou­sands of away sup­port­ers sit­ting among Ar­se­nal fans, caus­ing a se­cu­rity risk.

Cologne’s charges in­cluded crowd dis­tur­bances, set­ting off fire­works and the throw­ing of ob­jects, while Ar­se­nal face a probe for “stair­ways blocked in away sup­porter sec­tor”.

Speak­ing be­fore UEFA’s rul­ing, Wenger said: “It would be com­pletely un­fair.

“Over­all, from what I’ve heard, most of the prob­lems came from touts sell­ing tick­ets out­side the sta­tions. We are com­pletely open to hav­ing an en­quiry but on our side I think we worked very hard to or­gan­ise the game well.”

On the march: Cologne fans.

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