Ok, so the headline is tongue in cheek, but UEFA have actually charged Arsenal with ‘insufficient organisation’ after Turkish fans brought flares into the Emirates Stadium last night. Source.
After they went 2-0 down, they tried to distract everyone from how bad their team is by trying, unsuccessfully, to set fire to the pitch (the fans are as bad as team in that regard). Yet the European game’s governing body is seeing fit to punish Arsenal because the Galatasaray supporters are basically twats.
On their way into the ground they threw flares and cans into the beer garden of The Tollington, and continued their charming behaviour inside the stadium.
The Turkish side have also been charged for the actions of their fans, with two charges of: crowd disturbances, and setting-off and throwing of fireworks.
As Arsenal only search bags, and not individuals, the visiting fans were probably able to smuggle some flares and smoke bombs down their trousers. Whether this prompts a change in the way security is handled at big games remains to be seen, but it seems harsh to pin any of the blame on the club when it was down to the travelling supporters.
Arsenal have yet to make a statement.