Cologne hit with €60K fine by UEFA after fans outgun Arsenal security preparations

Cologne fans

October 31 – Cologne have been fined €60,000 by UEFA after crowd trouble marred their Europa League group match at Arsenal in September.

The German club were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 of their supporters, buoyed at being back in Europe after a lengthy absence, descended on Arsenal’s north London stadium delaying the kick-off by an hour.

Cologne were issued with four charges by UEFA, including crowd disturbances and the setting off of fireworks. They have been slapped with a one-match away supporter travel ban, suspended for two years, and been ordered to pay compensation to Arsenal within 30 days over damage caused by their supporters.

Cologne fans tried to storm the turnstile gates and burst through police cordons outside, scenes that led to a handful of arrests though eyewitnesses said the chaos could have been much worse.

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