Arsenal game delayed after 20,000 FC Koln fans descend on stadium

Police forces block FC Koln supporters outside the Emirates stadium. Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Police forces block FC Koln supporters outside the Emirates stadium. Picture: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Hundreds of Koln supporters were being held behind a police cordon as order was being restored in and around the away turnstiles.

No further delays were anticipated but another problem occurring was the number of away fans attempting to enter the home sections of the stadium with legitimate tickets.

Earlier on Thursday, Koln supporters flooded into central London as around 20,000 fans of the Bundesliga side were expected in the capital despite only 3,000 tickets being available.

Fans took to the streets in their numbers, with social media posts showing hordes of supporters singing and marching around Oxford Circus hours before the scheduled 20:05BST kick-off.

Ahead of the delay, Arsenal’s official website warned Koln fans they faced being asked to leave the stadium if they purchased tickets in the home sections of the ground.

“Please note visiting supporters that purchase a ticket in the home end for this fixture are likely to be ejected from the stadium,” a statement on their website read.

Koln currently sit bottom of the Bundesliga having lost all three of their league games so far - but they reached the Europa League having finished fifth last season.

Head coach Peter Stoger was asked on the eve of the game if he had a message for the thousands of fans making the trip, to which the Austrian replied: ‘’Enjoy the pubs!’’