Eintracht Frankfurt won’t be allowed to bring away fans to their game against Arsenal later this month after UEFA rejected an appeal against their ban.
Frankfurt confirmed on Thursday morning that their appeal against the decision of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Commission was rejected on Wednesday, meaning their fans will be banned from attending the away match against Arsenal on November 28th.
UEFA handed out the ban as punishment for fan behaviour in their opening away match against Vitoria. Though it was only a one-match ban, Frankfurt were already under a suspended disciplinary measure from a separate incident in January, increasing the length to two matches.
The charges which have now been upheld 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).
It’s a bit of a shame really. The Frankfurt fans for their home game against Arsenal were well behaved and drove their team on enthusiastically, but clearly the same wasn’t true in Vitoria and they have to pay the punishment for that.
On the other hand, Arsenal need all the help they can get right now. They’re in a strong position in the Europa League, needing just two points to confirm top spot in the group, but form-wise things aren’t going well at all.
It’s up to the Arsenal fans at the Emirates to take advantage of the lack of away support to spur the team on to that top-spot-clinching victory.