Cologne plan on appealing UEFA’s punishment for their role in the crowd trouble in September’s Europa League clash with Arsenal.
The Bundesliga side were given a £53,000 fine and a two-game travel ban suspended over two years due to the disruption their fans caused at the Emirates Stadium.
Cologne intend on appealing the decision, believing that the actions of a “small minority” shouldn’t see the entire club be punished.
“Even after a detailed analysis of the verdict, it is incomprehensible to us that the misconduct of a small minority of fans should lead to such a drastic punishment against the club,” said Cologne director Alexander Wehrle, as reported by ESPN.
“In addition, it is obvious from the Cologne point of view that parts of the problems surrounding the entry were caused by poor planning of the London officials.”
Arsenal and Cologne played each other in the Europa League back in September. It was the German club’s first European game in 24 years and their fans got a little over-excited.
Approximately 15,000 Cologne fans turned up to the game, causing major congestion problems in and out of the ground. Arsenal fans were unable to get to the turnstiles, while the Cologne fans forced their way into the family enclosure next to the away section.
With one end of the ground full of Cologne fans, it made for a very strange atmosphere. Many of their supporters were able to get tickets to the game from touts and home supporters. Some even went as far as becoming Arsenal members and buying home tickets.
The incident pushed kick-off back an hour to 21:05. Arsenal travel to Cologne for their final away match of the Europa League group stage on November 23, having already qualified for the knockout stages.