Rowdy Cologne fans fight with policemen, spread chaos at Emirates stadium

Rowdy Cologne fans fight with policemen, spread chaos at Emirates stadium

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal and Cologne on Friday after crowd disorder marred their Europa League game.

An estimated 20,000 Koln fans descended on the Emirates despite only 3,000 tickets being allotted to the away fans but apparently that wasn't going to stop them.

"One such way would be through the help of Arsenal supporters, who passed on their tickets to the FC fans".

Arsenal face a charge for "stairways blocked in away supporters' sector" while the German side face four charges - for crowd disturbance, setting off fireworks, the throwing of objects and acts of damage by fans. Police said five people were arrested for public disorder.

"I don't know how they [Cologne supporters] were able to infiltrate our fans but they did it very well".

The second half changed things, mostly due to the reversion to the 4-4-2 and the introduction of Sead Kolasinac, who took matters into his own hands and rescued the game from certain disaster. And I could understand if the game wasn't played.

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust has also labelled the planning for the match "woeful" and...

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After that, it was important not to concede and panic and put more pace into our game.

Cologne's statement read: "FC Koln is proud that tens of thousands of "Colognians" wanted to experience the first European match in 25 years and made their way to London".

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

"Many tickets were sold through touts and this is very disappointing and something we continue to work hard to address".

A number of media commentators argued that the Cologne fans had given English supporters a glimpse of what's been lost in an age where clubs are heavily reliant on television deals and less so on paying spectators.

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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