October 3rd, 2014


Uefa charges Arsenal and Galatasaray over Champions League flares.

Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera carries a flare off the pitch during the match against Arsenal on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Arsenal, Galatasaray, Basel and Borussia Dortmund following crowd disturbances during Wednesday night’s Champions League ties.

Several flares were thrown on to the pitch from the section where the 3,000-strong travelling Galatasaray supporters were located towards the end of the first half at the Emirates Stadium, causing the Group D match against Arsenal to be briefly halted.

Metropolitan Police confirmed there had been six arrests as part of their operation for the tie, two of which were for entering the ground with flares.

Uefa views it as the home side’s responsibility to search supporters for any illegal items before they come into the stadium.

At St Jakob Park, a battery appeared to be thrown in the direction of the assistant referee near to the Basel goal during the tie with Liverpool, while at Anderlecht’s stadium, flares were lit in the area housing travelling Borussia Dortmund fans.

If found guilty, the clubs could be hit by a fine from the European governing body, or be ordered to play matches behind close doors.

An updated statement on Uefa’s website, issued on Thursday evening to add reference to Arsenal’s charge for what is understood to be a minor possible sanction, read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following incidents at last night’s Uefa Champions League matches:

“Match: Uefa Champions League Group B match between Basle and Liverpool (1-0) played on Wednesday 1 October in Switzerland.

“Basle: Throwing of missiles (art. 16 (2) (b) DR)

“Match: Uefa Champions League Group D match between Arsenal and Galatasaray (4-1) played on Wednesday 1 October in England.

“Galatasaray: Crowd disturbances (art. 16 (2) (f) Disciplinary regulation); setting-off and throwing of fireworks (art. 16 (2) (b) & (c) DR)

“Arsenal: Insufficient organisation (art. 16 (1) DR)

“Match: Uefa Champions League Group D match between Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund (0-3) played on Wednesday 1 October in Belgium

“Borussia Dortmund: Crowd disturbances (art. 16 (2) (f) Disciplinary regulation); setting-off and throwing of fireworks (art. 16 (2) (b) & (c) DR)

All three cases will be dealt by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 16.”

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How the European debt crisis buried Italian football

***disclaimer: sorry in advance for all the "soccer" going on in this article***

For most of the last two decades, Italian clubs have dominated European soccer. Serie A had the highest UEFA coefficient from 1991 to 2000. Internazionale and Milan won three Champions League titles in the aughts, more than teams from any other country during that period besides Spain. Kaka, Zidane, and Fabio Cannavaro all won FIFA Player of the Year awards with Italian clubs and every player on Italy's squad for the 2006 World Cup final played in Serie A. Then it all changed.

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How Cesc Fàbregas left his backstory behind and found a home at Chelsea.

Cesc Fàbregas has made a huge impact at Chelsea since joining from Barcelona in the summer. Photograph: Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Home has always been a portable concept in football but it is still hard to recall a more complex collision of domestic loyalties than Cesc Fàbregas’s first Premier League reunion with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

It is in its own way a very modern kind of tongue twister. Here is a footballer playing a home match against the home-from-home club he left for his home club back home three years ago. But who has still rarely looked as at home anywhere as he has in the last six weeks in Chelsea blue. Confused? You should be. It is confusing.

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Other related articles:

Arsenal fan view: it will sting to see Cesc Fàbregas line up for Chelsea

Arsène Wenger: Cesc Fàbregas wanted to rejoin Arsenal before Chelsea move

And because we must never forget about Cescgate, here is jenny_jenkins's brilliant, highly detailed timeline of Cesc's departure from Arsenal: CLICK ON THIS

And finally, here is an article about Cesc leaving Arsenal and his 'fear': HERE

I know I shouldn't care but seeing him in a Chelsea shirt especially in an Arsenal match is heartbreaking.