UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against both Arsenal and Cologne after last night’s disturbances and delayed kick-off.
The Gunners ran out 3-1 winners, but the game did not start until 21.05, many Cologne fans had Arsenal tickets, there were scuffles with stewards and police, and flares were let off in the ground.
In a statement, UEFA said:
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Arsenal FC and FC Köln, played on 14 September in England.
Charges against 1. FC Köln
• Crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
• Setting of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) DR
• Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) DR
• Acts of damage – Art. 16 (2) DR
Charges against Arsenal FC:
• Stairways blocked in away supporters sector – Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations
This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 September.
Earlier, Arsenal released their own statement about what went on, promising a full investigation and pointing the finger squarely at ticket touts.
For more on where the German fans got their tickets, listen to my interview with journalist Cologne based Archie Rhind-Tutt on today’s Arsecast. His section starts at the 13’44 mark.