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UEFA have announced that they have opened disciplinary issues against both Arsenal and Cologne following Thursday night’s Europa League game at the Emirates.

The match which Arsenal won 3 – 1 – was marred by crowd disturbances brought upon by huge numbers of travelling supporters who arrived from Germany.

As many as 20,000 Cologne supporters are thought to have made their way to north London for the Group H game, which was the Bundesliga side’s first in European competition for 25 years.

The overwhelming numbers swamped the Emirates Stadium, with the authorities struggling at times to deal with the situation.

In the end the stadium was locked down and no-one was allowed in, forcing kick-off to be delayed by an hour, before the turnstiles were eventually opened.

But as supporters made their way into the ground it soon became clear that thousands of Cologne fans had managed to get into the Arsenal end and they made a beeline for the away section, which was housing the 2,900 strong army of official away fans who had received tickets.

There were some scuffles with stewards before riot police arrived to help calm the situation. The game eventually kicked off at 9.05 p.m. – 60 minutes later than advertised.

And UEFA have now announced that disciplinary charges have been brought against both sides.

Cologne have been hit by four charges, crowd disturbances, setting of fireworks, throwing of objects and acts of damage. While Arsenal have been hit by one – for blocked stairways in the supporters sector.

Author: Yemi Olarinre