Due to a pitch invader late in the game against Qarabag on Thursday night, UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal.
A statement on their official website reads:
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Arsenal FC and Qarabag FK (1-0), played on 13 December in England.
Charges against Arsenal FC
– Field invasion by supporters – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
– Late Kick-off – Art. 11 (2) DR
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 February 2019.
The pitch invader was carrying a flag relating to the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and attempted to approach Henrikh Mkhitaryan before being stopped by stewards.
An Arsenal spokesperson said, “All of the safety procedures at Emirates Stadium are regularly reviewed, and in light of Thursday night’s incident, we will be assessing whether we can make our pitch incursion procedures even more robust.
“It is extremely rare for anyone to get on the pitch at Emirates Stadium, as attempts are usually stopped by our many trained stewards on the track.”
The likely punishment is a fine of some kind.