UEFA punish Cologne but Arsenal charge dropped

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Cologne will have to play their next away game in the Europa League without travelling support after UEFA decided to punish the Bundesliga side for the crowd trouble that delayed September’s game with Arsenal at the Emirates.

Kick-off was delayed for an hour when thousands of Cologne supporters attempted to take seats in Arsenal areas of the stadium and when the game did take place there were further safety infringements, including the setting off of flares and the throwing of objects.

In addition to the ban on selling tickets to their next away game in the competition, Cologne has been fined €60,000 and been told to recompense Arsenal for all damage to their arena.

Arsenal will not face any punishment for the blockage of an away section staircase.

The Gunners, who won the game 3-1, travel to Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion on 23 November for the return leg.

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