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WATCH Galatasaray fans hurl flares into Arsenal pub before smashing up the …

  • Galatasaray fans caught on video throwing flares into Tollington Arms
  • Turkish side also disrupted Champions League clash with flares on pitch
  • Fernando Muslera and Wesley Sneijder removed the flares and appealed for their own fans to calm down 
  • UEFA said action could be taken against both clubs following investigation
  • Flares also set off under a bridge near Finsbury Park by Galatasaray fans
  • Huge police presence escorted 3,000 Turkish supporters to Emirates
  • Metropolitan police confirm six arrests were made

Duncan Bech, Press Association

Richard Arrowsmith for MailOnline



Travelling Galatasaray fans caused chaos by lighting up the Emirates with flares during their Champions League clash on Wednesday, but the trouble started well before they reached the stadium.

Thousands of Turkish fans walked to the ground accompanied by a police escort, although that did not stop them letting of flares under a bridge near Finsbury Park and throwing the flaming missiles into a local pub frequented by Arsenal fans.

Camera phone footage shows the frenzied supporters marching past The Tollington Arms in Holloway and launching several flares that burst into flames at the pub’s entrance, narrowly missing some of the patrons before being stamped out as both sets of fans goad each other.

Thousands of Galatasaray fans march past the Tollington Arms pub in Holloway

The Turkish supporters launch flares at the pub which burst into flames at the entrance

The flares narrowly miss Arsenal fans at the pub before being stamped out by patrons

Sportsmail understands that Galatasaray fans were issued 3,000 tickets and although 12 flares were confiscated at the turnstiles, fans still managed to smuggle more into the ground – causing a disturbance when they were thrown on to the pitch during the first half of Arsenal’s 4-1 win..

A fire steward was hit by a flare and Arsenal fans were reportedly pelted with coins and bottles, while over 100 seats at the stadium were damaged.

Riot police were ordered into position in front of Galatasaray fans after flares were hurled on to the pitch. Several flares were thrown on after defender Felipe Melo had put in a two-footed lunge on Alexis Sanchez in the 36th minute. The Gunners led 2-0 at the time following two goals from Danny Welbeck.

Both clubs could face sanctions as a result, with UEFA confirming it may take action after considering the report of its match delegate.

Galatasaray supporters lit flares and threw them on to the pitch during their 4-1 defeat by Arsenal

The incident occurred late in the first half and caused a brief stoppage in play as stewards removed the flares

A section of the 3,000 travelling Galatasaray fans in one corner of the Emirates started the trouble

Disturbance caused a brief stoppage in play as the pitch was cleared – UEFA may take retrospective action

Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera removes one of the flares during the Champions League clash

Muslera and Wesley Sneijder came over to their own fans in an attempt to calm them down

Laurent Koscielny walks by as Galatasaray fans throw flares onto the far end of the Emirates turf

The presence of the Galatasaray fans certainly enhanced the Emirates atmosphere but their side were woeful

One Galatasaray fan gives a one-fingered salute as the supporters around him go wild amid the smoke

A number of flares were lit in the middle of the Galatasaray section as the fans chanted in unison

Turks are renowned for their love of pyrotechnics, which are supposedly banned from English grounds

Galatasaray fans throw flares into the tunnel area at the centre of the away section as police officers watch on

The flares smothered the stadium in smoke and the match was disrupted for a couple of minutes

Galatasaray fans are renowned for their passionate support, following the team all over Europe

The game was briefly disrupted as Galatasaray captain Wesley Sneijder sought to diffuse the tension by jogging over to the visiting support and appealing for calm.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera collected the flares and dropped them on the sidelines, at which point helmeted riot police and stewards filed along the advertising hoardings.

Firecrackers had also been let off by Galatasaray’s travelling contingent, who were stunned into silence when Sanchez fired the Gunners into a 3-0 lead with four minutes of the half remaining.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed there had been six arrests, two of which were for entering the ground with flares.

‘We are aware of a number of flares being ignited and thrown on to the pitch at the Emirates Stadium,’ a police spokesperson told Press Association Sport.

‘There were also some flares thrown near to the Tollington Arms on Hornsey Road.

‘Police will be reviewing CCTV footage from inside the stadium and of the surrounding streets.’

Riot police with dogs lined up on the pitch at the final whistle as the Galatasaray fans were kept behind

Police were deployed at the end to try and prevent a repeat of the scenes in the first half

Hundreds of Galatasaray fans advanced through north London with flares and banners before Arsenal game

A flare was set off under a bridge near Finsbury Park in north London by some of the 3,000 travelling fans

A huge banner and a flare were set off under a bridge near Finsbury Park as police escorted the fans

Galatasaray fans always leave a lasting impression and they certainly lit up north London

Supporters of the Turkish club stopped outside the Emirates Stadium and pointed and chanted

Galatasaray supporters run towards the Emirates Stadium with their arms aloft ahead of the clash

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