Publicado: Sáb, Setiembre 16, 2017
Tecnología | By Milagro Delgado

Arsenal and Cologne charged by UEFA

Arsenal and Cologne charged by UEFA

The ninth minute goal was enough to put pressure on Arsene Wenger's side, who were booed at the half-time whistle.

Uefa yesterday opened disciplinary proceedings against both clubs.

Cologne coach Peter Stoger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club's supporters: "I have no comment about the fans", he said.

UEFA said it would deal with the cases on September 21.

Posts on social media sites showed large numbers of Cologne fans singing and marching around Oxford Circus.

BT Sport's Reshmin Chowdhury added: "We have been hearing Koln fans bought tickets from home fans and were trying to jump over the barriers and get into the away stand. Riot police turned up to control the situation".

Cologne took the early lead in the game when Jhon Cordoba lobbed fellow Colombian David Ospina from 40 yards.

"At some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can't see the police taking any risk".

"I don't know how they were able to infiltrate our fans but they did it very well", said Wenger.

Police said five people had been arrested, all on suspicion of public order offences.

Arsenal came back from behind to beat Cologne 3-1 in their opening match of Europa League after Cologne supporters forced the kick-off to be delayed by an hour.

"The 3,000 tickets issued to Koln fans was in line with competition rules but it is clear many more visiting fans arrived, causing significant congestion and disturbance outside the stadium before kick-off".

"Many tickets were sold through touts and this is very disappointing and something we continue to work hard to address".

The game kicked off over an hour late, with their two other group opponents Red Star Belgrade of Serbia and BATE Borisov of Belarus kicking off, as scheduled at 20:05 BST.

However, the regulations state that each club can be punished for "inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters".

Asked for his opinion of playing Thursday night football for the first time in nearly 20 years Wenger replied: "Once you are on the pitch, if you love football, you play".

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