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15 Sep 2017 11:50:00
Wow UEFA are charging arsenal for cologne bringing if reports are to be believed 17000 extra fans. I'd tell them to ram there rubbish second rate comp. The European Coca Cola cup.

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing to stop Arsenal withdrawing from UEFA competition should they wish to.}

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15 Sep 2017 12:48:38
That's interesting ed. I didn't know that. Would there be likely ramifications that we would get excluded from the champions league or could we just leave and that be that for this year.

{Ed002's Note - They wouldn't tell you - that is not their place.}

15 Sep 2017 12:56:37
Firstly, Cologne didn't bring 17,000 fans, these individuals would have made their own arrangements to fly over independently of the club.
Secondly, Arsenal have been charged with blocking stairways in the away fans section, which if correct could have been disasterous if a serious problem such as a terrorist attack occured.
However, Cologne have quite rightly been hit with four counts.
My own opinion is that we should simply be warned of the possible consequences of blocking stairways. Whilst Cologne should have their fans banned from all further away Europa League matches this season and suffer a fine equating to the total amount they recieive for playing this match.

15 Sep 2017 13:21:59
From what I can gather they let the home fans out first. And that was for the obvious reason of fans clashing and secondly most of the Arsenal fans were using the tube and the Piccadilly line was due to close at 12 ish so then would have had another huge potential problem. As it happened there were no casualties and 5 arrests so in hindsight it was a lucky escape. If they did lock stairways then it's catch 22. I personally believe if they let the koln fans out at the same time as the Arsenal fans things would have been much much worse. But as I say no real damage in the end.

15 Sep 2017 13:39:33
I think all parties need to take on the chin the bits they didn't do as much as they should and could have to prevent this happening plus accept with good grace the bits where they should have dealt with the situation better once it had happened.
If we are fined for blocking an exit fair play and let's let colonge worry about there own house.
If I was Arsenal I wouldn't make tickets available through the club for the return match in Germany as a preventative measure.

15 Sep 2017 15:25:41
62 I think you have hit the nail on the head. Take the medicine for last night, on both sides. Make every effort to avoid a repeat, when we visit Cologne as well as when we host Red Star - a side whose fans are notorious for making a ruckus.

Can't let this be a call to arms for other visiting teams' supporters who don't want to play nice.

15 Sep 2017 16:16:38
Hi Cat mate, I think if you do all you can you leave yourself little to beat yourself up about if things don't work out as you would have hoped, if you've made mistakes then put your hands up and admit it because people are usually more accepting of your apology if you offer it without being forced to do so.
No one is perfect and accepting it is a strength most admire.

15 Sep 2017 17:09:54
No doubt about that 62 - it's true for supporters and clubs alike.



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