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Arsenal seriously bashed by Cologne as UEFA step in

Europa League By: Linus Onyeze | 15/09/2017

Arsenal have been given a dress down by German club, Cologne, following the chaos that almost ruined their Europa League match on Thursday.Arsenal have been given a dress down by German club, Cologne, following the chaos that almost ruined their Europa League match on Thursday.

Arsenal have been accused of failing to make 'adequate preparations' for the visit of Cologne, despite escaping major sanction for their role in a night of Europa League chaos on Thursday.

The Gunners, who have been charged over a blocked stairway in the away end, are expected to be fined less than £10,000 but there has been criticism of their readiness for this Europa League tie against a team with such a large and passionate fan-base. 

The German club is set to take the brunt of the blame from UEFA who hit them with four disciplinary charges relating to crowd disturbances, fireworks, missiles thrown and acts of damage.

Read also: Arsenal in hot water with UEFA

A statement from FC Cologne released on Friday included an apology for the behaviour of some fans and stressed there was 'no excuse' for attacks on security staff and police.
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It also claimed Arsenal and the Met Police were 'unfortunately, not adequately prepared for the task' despite their vast experience in hosting European football.

The statement reads: “In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small.

“Due to the enormous demand for tickets, it would have been sensible, not least for security reasons, to allow more than the allocated five per cent of stadium capacity to the guest [away] fans.

“It was apparent that thousands of people from Cologne would seek to avoid the restrictions and get tickets in every way possible.

“One such way would be through the help of Arsenal supporters, who passed on their tickets to the FC [Cologne] fans. Some as gifts, but some also for horrendous prices.”
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