Europa League

  • UEFA inspector to examine disrupted clas...

    UEFA has announced the appointment of an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate the delayed Europa League match between Arsenal and Cologne. There were chaotic scenes at the Emirates Stadium this month as Cologne fans travelled in huge numbers for the club's first Euro...

    UEFA inspector to examine disrupted clash between Arsenal and Cologne

    UEFA has announced the appointment of an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate the delayed Europa League match between Arsenal and Cologne. There were chaotic scenes at the Emirates Stadium this month as Cologne fans travelled in huge numbers for the club's first European game since 1992-93, despite a limited ticket allocation for away supporters. Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Many Cologne fans managed to acquire seats alongside Arsenal supporters, causing some alarm within the nominal home section, while there were reports of isolated incidents of aggression towards stewards and officials. In a statement released on Friday, UEFA announced the inspector will "contact both clubs in order to evaluate the scope of their respective responsibility as regards the incidents connected to this match". Cologne have been charged with crowd disturbances, the setting off of fireworks, throwing objects and acts of damage, while Arsenal have been charged with stairways being blocked in the away supporters' area for the game, which was delayed due to congestion during the build-up to kick-off. The Premier League and Bundesliga clubs were not the only teams to come under UEFA scrutiny after recent matches. Spartak Moscow have been fined €60,000 and banned from selling tickets to their supporters for the team's next away game after the setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Maribor. Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo received a one-match touchline ban for being sent to the stands during the 2-2 draw at Liverpool for twice throwing the ball away. Finally, Hajduk Split have been fined and must pay costs to Everton after the Croatian club's fans threw objects, caused crowd disturbances, invaded the field and caused damage in the Europa League qualifying play-off at Goodison Park. The Toffees received a smaller fine for the throwing of objects.

  • Mourinho misses out as Allegri, Conte an...

    Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been named as the finalists for the Best FIFA Coach of the Year award. The final three were cut down from an initial list of 10, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, boss of rivals Manchester...

    Mourinho misses out as Allegri, Conte and Zidane battle for Best FIFA Coach of the Year

    Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been named as the finalists for the Best FIFA Coach of the Year award. The final three were cut down from an initial list of 10, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, boss of rivals Manchester City, among the names to be dropped. Chelsea 5/1 to win Premier League Juventus head coach Allegri won Serie A and the Coppa Italia last season, with defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final denying him a historic treble. Zidane led that Madrid side, who also triumphed in La Liga, while Conte tasted Premier League glory in his first season in England, having taken over a side who had ended the previous campaign in 10th place. As well as Mourinho and Guardiola, the other bosses initially nominated to subsequently miss out on the final three are Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Leonardo Jardim, Joachim Low, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone and Tite. Claudio Ranieri was named Best FIFA Coach of the Year in 2016 after Leicester City's stunning Premier League triumph, with Zidane and Portugal's Fernando Santos the other finalists. Also announced on Friday were the 10 nominations for the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017, which will be decided by a fan vote.  Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alejandro Camargo, Denya Castellanos, Moussa Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Aviles Hurtado, Mario Mandzukic, Oscarine Masuluke, Nemanja Matic and Jordi Mboula will have spectacular efforts put to a public vote. The finalists for the best goalkeeper award are Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas and Manuel Neuer. FIFA's Fan Award finalists are Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Copenhagen, while the best women's player will be between Castellanos, last year's winner Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens. The top women's coach will be battled out between Nils Neilsen, Gerard Precheur and Sarina Weigman, with award winners announced on October 23 at a ceremony in London.

  • 'Arsenal must emulate Man Utd to reach C...

    Arsenal are likely to miss out on a top-four finish again so will need Europa League success to reach the Champions League, says John Hartson. The Gunners have slipped out of the continental elite for the first time under Arsene Wenger after stumbling their way to fifth in the P...

    'Arsenal must emulate Man Utd to reach Champions League' - Hartson sees another top-four failure

    Arsenal are likely to miss out on a top-four finish again so will need Europa League success to reach the Champions League, says John Hartson. The Gunners have slipped out of the continental elite for the first time under Arsene Wenger after stumbling their way to fifth in the Premier League last season. Arsenal 14/1 to beat Chelsea 1-0 A mixed opening to the current campaign has seen their credentials questioned once again, but they did get off to a winning start in Europe on Thursday. Wenger made several changes for a 3-1 victory over Koln, but Hartson believes Arsenal need to take the competition seriously and follow the lead of Manchester United – who swept to glory last term to help counter a domestic standing in sixth. The former Gunners striker told the Daily Star: “I think a top-four place is a big ask for Arsenal, I really do think that. What with Manchester City spending so big, Liverpool as well. “Chelsea, and Manchester United under Jose Mourinho of course, are a lot of people’s favourites for the title. “But Arsenal can adopt Manchester United’s attitude to the Europa League last season. “Mourinho said from the outset he thought it was the best way in for United – he was almost telepathic how he called that. “Ajax hadn’t won an away game all the way through the competition, so it was almost as if United absolutely breezed the final it in a strange type of way. “United had a couple of tricky away games, but they won it at a canter. I think Arsenal have to take it seriously. “In the Europa League, they’re probably favourites to win it behind AC Milan.” Hartson believes part of the problem for Arsenal is that they once again failed to bring in the necessary reinforcements during the summer transfer window. With the squad still light in certain areas, the ex-Wales international has warned that an absence from the Champions League may become a more regular occurrence. “They’ve lost two game in the Premier league already, they go to Chelsea on Sunday where they’ve not won since 2011, so that could be three loses in their first five games,” added Hartson. “I know they’ve got this great record with qualifying for the Champions League – but last season was a wake-up call. “They needed to do a bit more in the transfer window. They brought in Alexandre Lacazette but needed another defender.” Arsenal head to Stamford Bridge this weekend sat 11th in the Premier League table, with six points taken from four fixtures to date.

  • Cologne apologise for fan behaviour but ...

    Cologne have apologised after their fans caused a chaotic delay in Thursday's Europa League fixture at Arsenal, but pointed out oversights in the Premier League club's organisation of the event. An estimated 20,000 fans made the trip to London for Cologne's first European fixtur...

    Cologne apologise for fan behaviour but highlight Arsenal's ticketing oversight

    Cologne have apologised after their fans caused a chaotic delay in Thursday's Europa League fixture at Arsenal, but pointed out oversights in the Premier League club's organisation of the event. An estimated 20,000 fans made the trip to London for Cologne's first European fixture in 20 years, although their ticket allocation at the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium was a mere 3,000. Arsenal 10/3 to beat Chelsea A vast number of those travelling fans found their way into home sections of the stadium, with the confusion causing kick-off to be delayed by an hour. Arsenal won the game 3-1, the contest passing with relatively little trouble. Regardless, Cologne have condemned the actions of some supporters, who had tried to fight their way into the away end past stewards, while also questioning why their fans were not afforded a bigger allocation. A club statement read: "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.  "It was apparent that thousands of people from Cologne would seek to avoid the restrictions and get tickets in every way possible. 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 FC has described the extent of this second ticket market as 'disappointing' and has announced that further clarifications of the circumstances will be evaluated. "Despite the tremendous experience of both the London security forces and Arsenal as a permanent partaker in European football, the organizers were unfortunately not adequately prepared for the task. In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small. "That said, 1. FC Koln would like to unmistakably make it clear that there is no excuse or justification for the fact that a group of so-called disturbers threatened, insulted, and even attacked stewards and police officers without cause. We distance ourselves from this explicitly. "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. "Although 1. FC Koln is not responsible for the acts of these so-called disturbers, we ask our English hosts to accept our apology." Arsenal vowed to bar any of their supporters found to have passed on tickets to Cologne fans, adding: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for their patience and conduct during what was a very difficult night for us all. "We know that many supporters experienced significant disruption getting to the match and also inside the stadium during the match. We thank everyone for their understanding."

  • Arsenal and Cologne hit with UEFA charge...

    UEFA has confirmed it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal for incidents during their 3-1 Europa League victory over Cologne on Thursday. Thousands of visiting fans gained access to the home end and made their presence felt throughout the encounter, with estimates...

    Arsenal and Cologne hit with UEFA charges over Europa League crowd trouble

    UEFA has confirmed it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal for incidents during their 3-1 Europa League victory over Cologne on Thursday. Thousands of visiting fans gained access to the home end and made their presence felt throughout the encounter, with estimates suggesting that 20,000 German fans travelled to London without tickets for the encounter. Many found their way into the home end of the ground, where they created a boisterous atmosphere, yet UEFA has taken a dim view of the way the fans were controlled by the Gunners and by their own club. European football's governing body has announced that Arsenal face a charge of stairways being blocked in the away supporter sector.  Koln fans at Arsenal Koln fans at Arsenal Posted by Goal.com on Thursday, September 14, 2017 Cologne, meanwhile, have several more charges to face, including crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects and acts of damage. UEFA has confirmed that a hearing date of September 21 has been set. Arsenal, meanwhile, have confirmed that they have launched their own investigation into what happened on the evening.

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