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Arsenal game delayed after thousands turn up without tickets

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Arsenal's Champions League match against the German side Cologne was delayed by an hour because of 'crowd safety' issues.

Thousands of ticketless Cologne supporters turned up at the Emirates Stadium.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences as fans struggled to get access to the Emirates stadium. . Cologne fans were clearly visible in home sections all around the stadium, and a video posted on social media appeared to show fans fighting with stewards in the stands before kick-off.

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Hundreds of Cologne 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, Cologne 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.

Cologne fans going through Central London. Credit: Jack Thomas-O’Brien

Ahead of the delay, Arsenal's official website warned Cologne 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.

Cologne 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!''

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