Eintracht Frankfurt fans escorted by police amid security fears ahead of Arsenal clash

Eintracht Frankfurt fans have been escorted by police outside the Emirates Stadium ahead of their clash with Arsenal amid a UEFA ban.

The Bundesliga club are currently under a travel ban after crowd trouble at their game against Vitoria Guimaraes in October.

With around 5,000 fans originally expected to make the journey to London, the Gunners launched a major security operation to prevent them getting into the ground.

Hundreds of fans were escorted down Holloway Road as they arrived at the stadium ready to greet the team coach.

Arsenal launched a major security operation before their Europa League game

They were surrounded by smashed bottles and a heavy police presence as they were moved back away from the perimeter of the stadium.

Police planned to move them back after the arrival of the team coach, with visiting fans not permitted to watch the game in Islington amid fears of violence.

Police escorted Frankfurt fans outside the stadium

They were closely monitored by police throughout the day to keep control of the situation.

It appeared hundreds still attempted to gain access to the game, with footage on social media showing police blocking Holloway Road then moving a further group of around 200 fans back from the stadium as they gathered on Hornsey Road.

A major security operation was launched with visiting fans banned from the Emirates

Arsenal worked closely with the police to avoid a scenario similar to their game against Cologne two years ago.

On that occasion, visiting fans stormed through turnstiles to get into the game, causing kick-off to be delayed by more than an hour.

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Fans arrived to greet the team coach

The club issued a statement this week having not put any tickets on general sale and suspended their membership scheme to stop German supporters from registering.

An Arsenal statement read: “We are appealing to all Arsenal fans to arrive early to avoid the lengthy queues which will be caused by the extra security.

A heavy presence of police vans also met fans on Holloway Road

“We remind all our supporters not to allow your tickets to end up in the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans.

“The club will take the appropriate action against any member found passing, selling or offering their tickets for sale which will lead to a cancellation of their membership resulting in a ban.

“Any Eintracht supporters in possession of a home ticket will be refused entry and any who do manage to gain entry will face ejection from the stadium.”


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