UEFA Charge Arsenal & FC Cologne Over Crowd Trouble

UEFA Charge Arsenal & FC Cologne Over Crowd Trouble

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Arsenal and FC Cologne steering crowd trouble

Arsenal have been charged with blocking stairways in the away section while Koln have been charged with four counts: crowd disturbances, setting off fireworks, throwing objects and causing damage.

 Arsenal won the game 3-1 but only after kick-off was pushed back to 9.05pm after an estimated 20,000 Koln fans turned up to the stadium and attempted to gain access.

Fans filmed some elements of the Koln support breaking down barriers as they tried to access the stadium

Many German fans had purchased tickets in the home end and some tried to vault over into the away end, causing conflicts with stewards. With trouble occurring outside the ground and in, concerns over supporter safety prompted the clubs to delay the start of the match.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had called on UEFA to investigate the events of the night at Emirates Stadium.

“Only they know the facts to analyse what happened,” he said. “They should certainly make an inquiry to find out what happened, for sure.

“There were certainly more people here than had tickets. We left that to the police. I don’t know how they [Koln fans] managed to infiltrate our fans. Did they go through membership or the internet? I don’t know but they did it very well.”

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