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Thousands of FC Koln fans march through the streets of London ahead of Europa League tie

Over 20,000 German supporters are thought to have travelled over.

AHEAD OF THE club’s first appearance in a major European competition in 25 years, supporters of German side FC Koln have marched through the streets of London this afternoon.

Over 20,000 German supporters are thought to have travelled over to the English captial, despite the club being allocated just 3,000 tickets for the Group H game at the Emirates Stadium.

Video footage posted on social media shows Koln supporters holding flares as they made their way through Soho and Oxford Street en route to north London ahead of the 8.05pm kick off.

Arsenal v FC Koln - UEFA Europa League - Group H - Emirates Stadium Source: Nick Potts

Arsenal v FC Koln - UEFA Europa League - Group H - Emirates Stadium Source: Nick Potts

Arsenal v FC Koln - UEFA Europa League - Group H - Emirates Stadium Source: Nick Potts

Arsenal had earlier released a statement to their supporters urging them against selling tickets to FC Koln supporters.

“Please note visiting supporters that purchase a ticket in the home end for this fixture are likely to be ejected from the stadium.”

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police said there had been no arrests.

A statement said: “At around 3pm on Thursday, September 14 a large group of football fans gathered in Oxford Street.

“The group was at the location for about 30 minutes whilst they boarded public transport to travel to a football match this evening.

“They did throw bottles and let off flares, but there was no significant disorder, police were on scene and there have been no arrests. The group has now left the area.”

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