UEFA opens disciplinary investigation into fan violence in Nice-Cologne

UEFA has launched a disciplinary investigation into the violence committed by fans before the Conference League game between OGC Nice and 1. FC Köln (1-1) started on Thursday evening. 32 people were injured, including two police officers and a flight attendant.

UEFA focuses the investigation mainly on the local Nice team. According to the European Football Association, the French club is guilty of violating rules that guarantee order and safety in European competitions. These regulations must prevent, among other things, the shooting of projectiles and the setting off of fireworks.

Nice should also be held responsible for deficiencies in “identification of responsible persons, control and search of security personnel and supporters”. FC Köln is on trial for, among other things, “throwing objects and throwing smoke grenades”.

Before the game, FC Köln supporters tried to fight in face masks between Nice’s fans and the presidential stands. Many people were injured before the security forces could intervene.

It is estimated that about 10,000 FC Köln fans traveled to Nice on Thursday to support their club. The match ended in 1-1 with goals from Andy Delort and Steffen Tigges.

Source: NU