UEFA Charges Arsenal, Cologne After Fan Chaos At Emirates

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Premier League club Arsenal and German Bundesliga club FC Cologne, have been charged by the football governing body following the clash of the duo fans at the Emirate Stadium on Thursday night during the group stage match opener of the Europa cup.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against English and Germany top flight clubs following crowd disturbances prior to the Europa League clash at the Gunners home ground, which resulted in the game being postponed by an hour due to crowd safety concerns.

Arsenal blamed the selling of tickets by touts for the crowd problems which resulted to thousands of seats designated for home fans being occupied by German fans all around the stadium.

Cologne had been allocated less than 3,000 tickets for this match, but an estimated 20,000 away fans showed up.

But despite the delayed kickoff and an early goal from the German club, Arsene Wenger’s men came out victorious, courtesy goals from Sanchez, Bellerin and Kolasinac.

Meanwhile, the European football’s governing body after its investigations has charged Arsenal with blocking stairways in the away supporters section of the stadium during the Group H fixture against their German opponents.

The governing body also has charged Cologne on four counts – crowd disturbances; the setting off of fireworks; throwing objects; and acts of damage.

Gunners are back in Premier League action this weekend as part of a Super Sunday double-bill.