Turn­stile chaos Away sup­port­ers with home tick­ets

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It was ob­vi­ous from the sheer num­ber of Cologne fans at High­bury and Is­ling­ton Tube sta­tion that there was go­ing to be trou­ble.

The ma­jor­ity seemed to have tick­ets. I saw one, wear­ing a leather jacket em­bla­zoned with “Cologne f------ rocks” on the back, queue­ing up for Club Level – the highly ex­pen­sive, largely cor­po­rate seats – be­fore scan­ning his ticket and en­ter­ing.

Plenty were wear­ing Arse­nal mer­chan­dise, pre­sum­ably in a bid to fool the stew­ards, al­though the fact they were singing in Ger­man might have given the game away. The at­mos­phere was fairly calm, pos­si­bly be­cause no one could hear the mes­sages from inside that kick-off had been de­layed.

I saw no signs of vi­o­lence. It was loud and rau­cous, but noth­ing more. That seemed partly be­cause the Cologne fans queue­ing for en­try clearly had le­git­i­mate tick­ets. They had no rea­son to cause trou­ble as they could not be de­nied en­try to the ground, al­though oth­ers saw some Ger­man sup­port­ers at­tempt­ing to storm the gates ear­lier.

Cologne fans took over large sec­tions of the Clock End, while many Arse­nal sup­port­ers had seem­ingly gone home.

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