Wenger in Uefa call to look into dis­rup­tion

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ARSENE Wenger (right) ex­pects Uefa to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crowd dis­tur­bances which threat­ened Arse­nal’s Europa League clash against Cologne.

The Gunners ran out 3-1 win­ners in the Group H opener, which was de­layed by an hour af­ter away sup­port­ers caused havoc out­side the sta­dium.

As many as 20,000 Cologne fans are be­lieved to have made the jour­ney from western Ger­many de­spite only 3,000 tick­ets be­ing made avail­able.

That meant many at­tempted to enter with­out tick­ets or with tick­ets for the Arse­nal sec­tions, where it soon be­came clear ahead of kick-off that plenty had suc­ceeded.

Five ar­rests were made as the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said that ad­di­tional of­fi­cers had been de­ployed to the area fol­low­ing the un­rest.

Sub­sti­tute Sead Ko­lasinac volleyed Arse­nal level af­ter they went in at half-time trail­ing to Jhon Cor­doba’s long-range ef­fort.

Alexis Sanchez and Hec­tor Bel­lerin struck to seal the three points from the match but it was off-pitch ac­tions which Wenger be­lieves may now be scru­ti­nised.

Cologne fans clashed with stew­ards, brought in flares and sat in home sec­tions but it is likely to be Arse­nal — as or­gan­is­ers of the match — who face po­ten­tial sanc­tions.

Asked if Uefa should take ac­tion, Wenger replied: “They are the only master to an­a­lyse the facts of what hap­pened. They will cer­tainly make an in­quiry to see what hap­pened, for sure.

“They (Cologne fans) were very clever.

“I don’t know how they man­aged to i nfil­trate our fans and get ev­ery­where but they did that very well. I don’t know if they went through Arse­nal mem­ber­ship on the in­ter­net, they did very well.

“We waited pa­tiently i n our dress­ing room but what was dif­fi­cult for me was I had all kinds of plans to think about at some stage.

“It was all kind of spec­u­la­tions that we had to an­a­lyse and see how we can deal with the sit­u­a­tion. But in the end, at some stage, I thought they would not play the game be­cause I can’t see the po­lice tak­ing any risk.

“We live in a so­ci­ety of 100% se­cu­rity and I thought they would never take a gam­ble to play this game when I saw the images around the sta­dium.

“But I must say our sup­port­ers dealt well with the sit­u­a­tion as well and there was no ag­gra­va­tion.”

Cologne coach Peter Stoger re­fused to be ques­tioned on the ac­tions of the club’s sup­port­ers: “I have no com­ment about the fans,” he said.

“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is foot­ball not the fans.”

A club spokes­woman added: “We have to first in­form our­selves and in the next few days we will talk about that.”

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