By James Dale
Last Updated: 15/09/17 6:35pm
Extra police were deployed at Emirates Stadium after fan disorder before kick-off
Cologne have criticised “inadequate” security measures at the Emirates after crowd issues in their Europa League tie with Arsenal.
UEFA has charged Arsenal with blocking stairways in the away supporters section of the stadium during the Group H fixture, while Cologne face four counts – crowd disturbances; the setting off of fireworks; throwing objects; and acts of damage.1
Arsenal have already begun an investigation into the incidents, which led to five people being arrested following crowd disturbances. Arsenal have announced they are undertaking a full review into the events on Thursday, and said “the safety of everyone in and around Emirates Stadium is always our paramount consideration”. Cologne have condemned the incidents, which saw the game kick off an hour late, but believe it would have been “sensible” for the German side to be given more than their 3,000-seat allocation, with another 17,000 of the club’s supporters understood to have made the trip to London. “Due to the enormous demand for tickets, it would have been sensible, not least for security reasons, to allow more than the allocated five per cent of stadium capacity to the guest fans,” a Cologne statement read. “It was apparent that thousands of people from Cologne would seek to avoid the restrictions and get tickets in every way possible.
Arsene Wenger believes it would be ‘completely unfair’ for UEFA to punish Arsenal for the crowd violence which marred the win over Cologne
“One such way would be through the help of Arsenal supporters, who passed on their tickets to the FC fans . Some as gifts, but some also for horrendous prices.” Arsenal have acknowledged a number of away supporters had gained access to home sections “illegally, most likely via ticket touts”. The Premier League club also confirmed that anyone who became an Arsenal member after the UEFA Europa League draw would not have been eligible to buy tickets through their box office or ticket exchange services.
The safety of everyone in and around Emirates Stadium is always our paramount consideration.
An Arsenal statement read: “Any tickets found that have been sold or purchased illegally will be traced back to the original purchaser who will have their membership cancelled and the appropriate action taken.
“We are satisfied that the joint decision to delay the match by one hour and play with a 9.05pmkick-offf was the best and safest option . This was the first time in 20 years of European competition we have had to take such an action . Ultimately the match passed off safely.”
Cologne insist they, along with Arsenal, urged fans to purchase tickets only through official channels, and although the club believe the match going ahead was the correct decision, they questioned the security measures in place. “Despite the tremendous experience of both the London security forces and Arsenal as a permanent partaker in European football, the organisers were unfortunately not adequately prepared for the task,” the statement continued. “In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small.
In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small.
“The most important common goal of having the match played on the same evening was achieved by allowing fans with valid tickets to quickly take their seats . This procedure proved to be the correct decision . Finally, the course of the match showed that the mixing of home and away fans did not constitute a safety risk for this match.” Cologne apologised to Arsenal for “a group of so-called disturbers” which they said “threatened, insulted, and even attacked stewards and police officers without cause”.
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However, the Bundesliga side remained adamant they were not responsible for this minority.
The statement continued: “These people are solely responsible for the fact that a football match with a special meaning for an entire region, as well as the courageous effort of our team on the pitch, had to be overshadowed by scenes that had nothing to do with sport and fair play.”
Arsenal are back in Premier League action this weekend as part of a Super Sunday double-bill .
Coverage of Chelsea v Arsenal begins at 12:30pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, followed by Manchester United v Everton.
Holidaymaker’s horror after ‘catching pervy security guard filming her in shower after night out in Gran Canaria’
A horrified holidaymaker has claimed she found a security guard filming her while she showered. Sickened NHS worker Laura Meakin spotted the man as she washed after a night on the town in Gran Canaria. The appalled 24-year-old rushed out to the walkway of the eighth floor room in Puerto Rico she was sharing with her boyfriend Curtis Henderson to confront the man.
But he claimed he had only been having a cigarette – despite their out-of-the-way room location and a smoking ban at the Castillo de Sol complex. Laura, from Rotherham, South Yorks, said she first noticed a mobile phone poking through her hotel window.
Laura was taking a shower when she says she was horrified to discover she was being filmed (Image: Triangle News) Laura says she saw the phone peeping in through this window (Image: Triangle News)
She said: “We had come back from a night out at 3am . Curtis was laying on the bed, eating his kebab.
“I told him I was going to have a shower and wash my hair . I got into the shower . The window into it opens into the bathroom. “
For some reason it was in my eyeline, so I kept looking at it . At one point I looked up, and I just saw a phone pointing in the window.
“I thought, ‘That’s weird.’ So I got out, walked to the door and the security guard was standing outside smoking.”
Laura, who fell victim to the voyeur a week into her fortnight-long break in June, added: “I said, I’ve just f****** caught you filming me in the shower.
Laura says the man was filming her through this window (Image: Triangle News)
“He said ‘No, no, me smoking a cigarette.’ “I said, you weren’t smoking a cigarette, you were filming me in the shower.
“I said it was forbidden to smoke, and asked him why he had come up to the top floor to smoke anyway.”
Curtis then confronted the man, with the couple demanding he call the police – only for him to refuse. Their confrontation escalated in the hotel lobby, when furious Curtis knocked the man out. Laura’s boyfriend was hauled before the courts and ordered to pay a fine.
Laura with her boyfriend Curtis, who was fined after punching the man she said was filming her (Image: Triangle News)
Laura said: “Curtis went over and grabbed him . He said ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ and ran off . Curtis ended up smacking him, and knocked him out.
“He got taken to court for that, which resulted in him getting a big fine.”
She says if the hotel had called the police, Curtis would never have responded so aggressively. And Laura also criticised blasted local police for sending 15 officers to arrest him.
She said they ignored her pleas to collar the security guard, who she also claimed deleted the incriminating footage from his phone.
The apartments the couple were staying in (Image: Triangle News)
The couple were forced to borrow money from relatives to pay construction worker Curtis’ fine and moved then hotel. Laura claimed she was fobbed-off by local authorities when she tried to report the crime again afterwards – and also lashed out at holiday company Thomas Cook for their handling of the incident. She claimed the company initially said the case was being investigated “at the highest level” – but says she was later asked by a staff member “What do you want us to do?”
The trauma of Laura’s ordeal saw her visit her GP when she arrived home, with the doctor signing her off with stress.
Laura said: “The whole thing has been so stressful and upsetting . I’m disgusted with the way it has been handled.
The couple said the room was out of the way (Image: Triangle News)
“I’m a victim, but I’ve been made to feel as if I’ve done something wrong . I know Curtis shouldn’t have hit the bloke, and I’ve told him as much, but he was so angry, and most blokes would have done the same in his situation.”
A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said that as far as they knew no further complaints had been received about the security guard.
“We are speaking with the hotel,” she added.
Love Island couple Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes have been hit with fresh claims that their romance is being tested. According to reports, the pair got into a fiery row with another one of their group on Saturday night while out a club in Birmingham.
A source reportedly said: Olivia was absolutely furious about something and stormed off to the toilets.
Chris ran to follow her to try and calm her down but nothing was working.”
Chris and Olivia locked tongues rather than lips as they presented a united front (Image: GC Images)
There was a bit of a tussle on the balcony between Olivia and another of their group before door staff stepped in to hold her back and she then was told to leave. However, a spokeswoman for Olivia insisted the star “left on her own accord”.
The latest drama comes after Chris said he wanted to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend. But not only does Chris want to wed Olivia – he wants to start having real children too after the pair ‘raised’ a doll together on the hit ITV2 reality show.
Chris said he wants to marry Olivia (Image: oliviajade_attwood/Instagram)
Despite both being relatively young, Chris says he cannot wait to swap vows with his lover.
“That s how messed up we are . We can t really get out heads around it .
I don t think either of us expected to find love on the show, but we did, he said. Chris hails from Essex while Olivia is from Surrey – but the reality hunk says they are making things work despite the distance.
We assume the night didn’t go down like this (Image: Flynet Pictures)
“I ve been sleeping over at hers all the time but we will get a bigger place at some point . We ll need one for the kids, he said.
Chris and Olivia have seen their romance tested since Love Island ended in July.
Mirror Celebs has contacted a representative for Olivia for comment.