Arsenal’s Europa League kickoff against FC Cologne was delayed by an hour due to safety concerns with fans arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
An estimated 20,000 Cologne fans arrived in London for the team’s first European match in 25 years, even though only 2,900 tickets had been allocated to Cologne by Arsenal. Cologne fans marched through the streets of London Thursday afternoon and there were unverified reports and videos of Cologne fans knocking down barriers at the Emirates Stadium, trying to get into the match.
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As a result, Arsenal moved the 3:05 p.m. ET start of the match back an hour to address the reported issues outside the ground.