Eintracht Frankfurt won’t be allowed to bring away fans to their game against Arsenal next month, after receiving a ban from UEFA.
UEFA have confirmed that Frankfurt’s away fans will receive a two-match ban as punishment for their behaviour in their opening away match against Vitoria. As a result, they won’t be able to attend the games against Standard Liege and Arsenal next month.
The charges against Frankfurt were as follows: Throwing of objects (art. 16 (2) DR), crowd disturbances (art. 16 (2) DR), act of damages (art. 16 (2) DR) and late kick-off (art.11 (2) DR).
Frankfurt were already under a suspended disciplinary measure from a separate incident in January, meaning their usual one-match punishment has been increased to two.
Arsenal face Frankfurt on November 28th at the Emirates Stadium, in what is shaping up to be the game that decides the group.
After a tight game between the two where the Gunners ran away with their lead at the very end, Frankfurt beat Vitoria whilst Arsenal dominated Liege.
Though Liege currently hold the second spot over Frankfurt (on goals scored), it’s hard to see them remaining above the German side based on the two teams’ performances so far. Liege performed poorly in defeat to Arsenal and weren’t much better in a fortunate win over Vitoria.
As a result, Frankfurt remain Arsenal’s main rivals for top spot, and not being able to bring their fans along for such a big game next month could prove significant.