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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against PSV after crowd trouble at Arsenal as flare thrown

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UEFA have confirmed that they have opened disciplinary proceedings against PSV following crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium after the Dutch side’s Europa League clash against Arsenal. Charges against the club include throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, acts of damage and crowd disturbances.

Arsenal supporters were the target of both flares and broken seats from the PSV fans in the away section at the Emirates. Supporters were seen after full-time attempting to rip the seats from their hinges and in some cases when successful throwing them toward the home crowd.

Videos of the incidents circulated including from Arsenal Fan Brands writer Tom Canton who was at the Emirates. The video shows a supporter in the away section launch a flare and at the end of the clip a seat can be seen being thrown.

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The statement from UEFA read: “Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated in accordance with Article 55 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven (1-0) played on 20 October in London.”

The statement adds that charges against PSV include throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, acts of damage and crowd disturbances. “The UEFA disciplinary bodies will decide on the matter in due course,” UEFA said.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed to on Friday morning that two arrests were made “following disorder involving PSV fans”. A spokesperson for the force said: “One man was arrested on suspicion of throwing a flare within a stadium following disorder involving PSV fans during their game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, October 20.

“A second man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker. They both remain in custody. Officers from the Met’s Football Policing Unit are carrying out enquiries to identify whether any other offences were committed.”

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