In the wake of the crowd trouble and delayed kick-off ahead of Arsenal’s 3-1 Europa League win over Cologne earlier this month, UEFA opened up disciplinary proceedings against both sides.
The charges against the German side were:
- Crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
- Setting off fireworks – Art. 16 (2) DR
- Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) DR
- Acts of damage – Art. 16 (2) DR
While Arsenal were charged with:
• Stairways blocked in away supporters sector – Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations
In a statement on their website today, UEFA have revealed their initial findings, which are basically that they need to investigate further.
The CEDB (Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body)has decided to appoint an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to initiate the appropriate disciplinary investigations. The Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will contact both clubs in order to evaluate the scope of their respective responsibility as regards the incidents connected to this match.
It is not known when a verdict will be reached.