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Arsenal investigating Cologne fans chaos

11:15 GMT+3 15/09/2017
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The Gunners have launched an extensive investigation to discover how so many visiting supporters managed to get into the Emirates Stadium on Thursday

Arsenal have launched a "full review" into the situation that saw far more than Cologne's allocated 3,000 fans attend Thursday's Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

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Kick-off was pushed back by one hour to 21.05 BST due to crowd congestion in London, with a reported 20,000 away supporters said to have travelled from Germany.

Cologne's allocation was set in line with UEFA rules, but thousands travelled without tickets and turned up at the Emirates, with the resulting congestion affecting the ease of entry for home supporters.

Once inside the stadium, some travelling fans are said to have climbed over barriers in order to get into the home supporters' section, where they mixed with Arsenal fans as segregation became impossible for stewards.

After Arsenal's 3-1 win, Arsene Wenger said that he had expected the match to be cancelled, before then admitting that he felt it was the right decision to let the game go ahead as planned as there was "no aggravation".