UEFA to appoint inspector to decide Arsenal Cologne charges

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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.

They said:

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.

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Welshman
Welshman

Watch both teams get a bigger punishment than teams found guilty of rampant racism.

H2k
H2k

The more I think about this, the more it concerns me just because of how Uefa, and FIFA for that matter think, and how they could blow this waaaay out of proportion:
“Stairways blocked in away supporters sector”

The reason they were blocked was because Koln fans went from the home sections into the away sections, and there was not enough seats (not that they were sitting anyway). They did this despite lots of staff and police.

This can happy in ANY game at ANY time.

The only ways to stop it would be to go back to mixed seating (never going to happen in the UK), no away fans (even more unlikely), which leaves us with some kind of wall/fence separating the fans, and that is just going to be depressing and it will sap atmosphere from games.

I hope they give Arsenal a slap on the wrist and say try to manage things better, but I fear for the worst.

Tim
Tim

I wouldn’t fear the worst. Our charge is mild and will result in a small fine.

Dan
Dan

As it’s a German team, shouldn’t we fear the wurst?

Dave M
Dave M

you’re such a brat

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Your response is just an attempt to curry favour.

Bugger
Bugger

I personally don’t think the sanctions will be stroganoff..wait I’m playing the wrong game

Tim
Tim

Safe to say our charges are a little mild ?

watheende

Bild? Anyone?

ClockEndRider

The irony of being investigated by a UEFA ethics committee is not entirely lost on me.

Badaab
Badaab

The charges leveled at Arsenal in this case are minor, and Koln should be on the receiving end of most of them, as should their fans. When you purchase a ticket, and enter a stadium, you are agreeing to a code of conduct. Should you fail to adhere, then you can be held accountable.
However, we are seen as a wealthy club, and UEFA are, if nothing else, greedy. As I am ever the pessimist, I expect that we will have as heavy a financial penalty as Koln do.

naflanesra
naflanesra

We delayed a game, which means TV companies’ precious schedules were put out, this is way more serious than fans chanting fascist or racist stuff, far serious…you’re messing with money.

BEEMER
BEEMER

Call me crazy, but kinda hoping they just kick us out of the competition. That way we don’t have to worry about throwing in the towel, or the distraction of trying to win it.