Trou­bles mars Arse­nal game

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS -

UN­PRECE­DENTED vi­o­lence inside and out­side the Emi­rates Sta­dium be­tween Arse­nal and Cologne fans nearly saw their Europa League game can­celled last night.

The in­ci­dents oc­curred when around 20,000 Cologne fans tried to en­ter the ground, far ex­ceed­ing their al­lo­ca­tion of 3,000 tick­ets. This led to con­ges­tion, con­fu­sion and clashes with po­lice, stew­ards and Arse­nal fans be­fore the game.

The match was post­poned for an hour, start­ing in­stead at 9.05pm, and only a late de­ci­sion de­ter­mined that it would go ahead at all.

Arse­nal, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice and Uefa de­cided that the “best and safest” op­tion was to play the game, given the dif­fi­culty of dis­pers­ing tens of thou­sands of Ger­man fans, and the likely trou­ble that would cause.

The match ended 3-1 to Arse­nal.

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