It’s ‘unfair’ to blame Gunners
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.