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Arsenal Launch Investigation Into Cologne Crowd Trouble

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. PHOTO/AFP
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. PHOTO/AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom- Arsenal FC will investigate how vast numbers of FC Cologne supporters gained access to the home sections of the Emirates Stadium for Thursday night’s Europa League match, sparking crowd trouble.

The Group H opener, which Arsenal won 3-1, was delayed by an hour as ticketless Cologne fans sought to gain entry to the ground.

Visiting fans were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to London.

There were clearly thousands of away supporters sitting among Arsenal fans, causing a security risk.

Full review

Five arrests were made and Arsenal issued a statement on Friday insisting the safety of supporters was the main concern at the time.

“Following last night’s UEFA Europa League match with Cologne we would like to stress that fan safety was always our paramount concern and informed all decisions made,” it said.

“We have launched a full review into the circumstances surrounding the game and will ensure any lessons that can be learned are used in the future.”

A UEFA probe is also likely after pictures emerged of a minority of Cologne supporters causing problems for stewards inside the stadium.

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