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Arsenal blasts UEFA over Europa final logistics

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Arsenal disappointed with UEFA for treatment of fans

The North London club will square up against Premier League rival Chelsea in the Europa League final on the 29th of this month – however, the decision to stage the match in Azerbaijan has raised a lot of highbrows.

From only 6,000 tickets each for the fans of the two finalists, to security tensions, and the distance, football followers have lampooned and questioned the rationale behind taking the Europa Cup final to Baku, Azerbaijan by the European Governing Body.

Arsenal, whose next year’s Champions League qualification rely on winning the final, might have to do without their Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the due to political tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.


Mkhitaryan could miss the Europa League final

Mkhitaryan earlier missed a group game against an Azerbaijani side Qarabag – and venting their disappointment, a statement released by Arsenal earlier today read: “Everyone at Arsenal is delighted to have reached the Uefa Europa League final and we are all very much looking forward to the match against Chelsea on Wednesday, May 29.

“However, we are bitterly disappointed by the fact that due to transport limitations Uefa can only make a maximum of 6,000 tickets available to Arsenal for a stadium with a capacity of well over 60,000. Time will tell if it is even possible for 6,000 Arsenal fans to attend the match, given how extreme the travel challenges are.
 
“We have 45,000 season-ticket holders and for so many fans to miss out due to Uefa selecting a final venue with such limited transport provision is quite simply not right. The reality is that whoever reached the final would not be able to meet demand from their supporters.
 
“We have received many complaints from our fans about this and we fully share their concerns.
 
“On behalf of our fans, we would like to understand the criteria by which venues are selected for finals, and also how supporter requirements are taken into account as part of this. 

“Moving forward we would urge Uefa to ensure that supporter logistics and requirements are a key part of any future decisions for final venues as what has happened this season is unacceptable, and cannot be repeated.”

“Moving forward we would urge Uefa to ensure that supporter logistics and requirements are a key part of any future decisions for final venues as what has happened this season is unacceptable, and cannot be repeated.”

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Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan might not be the only victim of Armenia-Azerbaijan political tension on May 29, as some fans face the same issue.

Several British-Armenian season-ticket holders are said to be denied entry into Azerbaijan.

Concluding, Arsenal posited: “We would be happy to join any future discussions to avoid this situation happening again.”

Olatosimi Fadahunsi192 Posts

Olatosimi Fadahunsi is a part-time non-professional footballer and a football writer with spotkick. His football ideology/mind/eyes endlessly rove multidimensionally.

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