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UEFA opens proceedings over crowd trouble at Arsenal-Cologne game

UEFA opens proceedings over crowd trouble at Arsenal-Cologne game”

Around 20,000 Cologne fans reportedly travelled towards London though only 3,000 tickets were provided to the German club.

The kick-off was then put back, after which skirmishes between fans and stewards took place, while many had entered the ground into the home end, climbing barriers to get into the away section.

Uefa have issued four charges against the German side for crowd disturbances, setting off fireworks, throwing objects and acts of damage.

The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 September.

A significant number of visiting fans also appeared to have purchased tickets among the home support and five arrests were made after scuffles broke out between the two sets of fans, both inside and outside the stadium.

"Finally, the course of the match showed that the mixing of home and away fans did not constitute a safety risk for this match".

Arsene Wenger says want-away striker, Alexis Sanchez is still on the path to rediscover his form, after a rough start to the season for the forward.

Arsenal said they would launch a "full review into the circumstances surrounding the game and will ensure any lessons that can be learned are used in the future".

The Spain global defender told Arsenal Player: "After the four games that we've played, there's been a lot of doubts in the team and I think it's a game where we can put those things to bed".

"I want to use both systems when it suits the team or when we need to do it", he said.

Arsenal also said it was "very disappointing" that many tickets had been sold through touts.

Wenger's side managed to come from behind to win 3-1 but the Frenchman admits he was unsure whether the tie was going to be played.

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

Football fans are considered passionate souls, but they can go overboard at times and create a ruckus, making the atmosphere hostile as well.



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