Arsenal’s debut at the Europa League stage started in chaos last night as thousands of Cologne supporters forced the kick-off to be delayed by an hour.
The Europa League tie was delayed amid safety fears as some sections of the visiting forms stormed through security cordons and tried to force their way through turnstiles.
About 20,000 fans were estimated to have made the trip from Germany to savour their club’s first taste of European football for 25 years.
The sheer volume caused problems for the police and stewards at the Emirates Stadium.
More specifically many did not have tickets and acquired tickets for the Arsenal sections of the ground, forcing the London club to close the gates and put the stadium into ‘lockdown’.
There were reports of anti-social behaviour, including supporters urinating in the streets. One photograph on social media showed a man with blood pouring from a head wound.
Although the German Bundesliga side ended up 3-1 losers on the night, UEFA’s reaction to the unruly behaviour of the fans is still expected.