Arsenal’s match against Cologne in the Europa League opening group game was marred by trouble and disruption last week, and UEFA have now tasked somebody with investigating the issues.
The encounter was delayed by an hour following the unexpected arrival of 20,000 Cologne fans to London and mass number of fans who travelled to the stadium also. It is also believed that a number of Gunners fans also sold their tickets to away fans, meaning the travelling support gained way over their 2,900 allowance.
There was clashes in the stands between various supporters and stewards, while there was limited charges brought for infractions inside and out of the arena, but the handling of the matter is deemed to have been unsatisfactory.
UEFA have now took it upon themselves to task a representative to look into the handling of the affairs, and there could well be charges brought on the club.
In a statement Uefa confirmed: “The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board 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.”
Should Arsenal be blamed for their handling of the match? Was there enough communication between all parties (police, Arsenal Football Club, European travel authorities and Cologne FC) to deal with any prospective problems? Will a harsh penalty be brought upon the club?