Arsenal probe fan chaos during Europa clash with Cologne

Arsenal probe fan chaos during Europa clash with Cologne

Arsenal probe fan chaos during Europa clash with Cologne

In opening disciplinary proceedings, European football's governing body's investigation will look at disturbances, setting off fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and blocked stairways.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had been preparing for a postponement, describing the decision to play Thursday's Group H tie as a "gamble".

Five arrests were made over the course of the evening and Arsenal issued a statement on Friday insisting the safety of supporters was the main concern at the time as the Premier League club "launched a full review" of the events.

Although Arsenal issued only 3000 tickets to Cologne supporters, around 20,000 of them reportedly made the trip from Germany to London.

UEFA will deal with the case on September 21, the governing body confirmed in a statement on Friday.

Police with dogs keep watch over FC Koln fans during the Europa League match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, London, Thursday Sept. 14, 2017.

According to latest statistics, almost 2,000 football-related arrests were made in the 2015-16 season at matches in England and Wales, a 1% increase on the previous and the first rise for three years.

The rules also say the hosts are "liable for incidents of any kind. unless they can prove that they have not been negligent in any way in the organisation of the match".

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Later some quick-witted Cologne fans even bought themselves Arsenal scarves and changed the backgrounds on their phones to the Gunners' club crest to gain entry using home tickets.

- Away fans reportedly covered the entrance to the stadium, preventing the home supporters from entering the stadium.

"I thought they would not play the game, because I can't see the police taking any risk".

Arsenal won the game 3-1 after Cologne had lead at halftime.

"I moved to a four [at the back] in the second half and Kolasinac gave us a lot going forward, but as well he pushed Sanchez more forward", said Wenger. They obtained their tickets illegally most likely via ticket touts.

Cologne coach Peter Stoeger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club's supporters, saying: "I have no comment about the fans".

"I can't wait for Cologne away now!" wrote one excited Arsenal fan on Twitter.

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