Arsenal, Cologne Charged by UEFA Following Europa League Crowd Troubles

Police inside the stadium keep an eye on Cologne supporters in the stands as the kick off is delayed due to crowd safety issues ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017.
Kick-off in the Europa League match between Arsenal and Cologne at the Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday has been delayed by an hour in the interests of crowd safety, the Premier League club announced. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Arsenal and Cologne have both been charged by UEFA after the kick-off in their Europa League match on Thursday was delayed an hour amid crowd trouble.

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal have been charged because of blocked stairways, while the Bundesliga outfit face four, “including crowd disturbances and setting off fireworks,” after 17,000 extra fans travelled to the game on top of their seat allocation of almost 3,000.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will address the case on Thursday, September 21.

                              

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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