Chelsea supporters on Twitter have come out in support of a Europa League final boycott after news emerged that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be a part of the Arsenal squad in Baku.
Arsenal confirmed on Tuesday that Mkhitaryan will not travel to the European showpiece after concerns for the Armenian’s safety due to political dissension between his native country and Azerbaijan.
UEFA had worked with the club and the Azerbaijani FA to devise a safe plan of action to allow for Mkhitaryan’s participation, but the 30-year old has now chosen to miss the match over fears for his safety while on the pitch.
Mkhitaryan has previously missed matches in Azerbaijan twice in his career, with the former Manchester United star sidelined for October’s clash against Qarabag over similar safety concerns.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal supporters are furious about the recent developments and Chelsea fans have put rivalry to one side in order to endorse a boycott of the Europa League final.
Check out the best of the reaction below!
— cs (@CRSadler) May 21, 2019
— GM (@2winpeaks) May 21, 2019
Actually, should both Arsenal and Chelsea boycott the final over Mkhitaryan? Imagine if this was Hazard not being able to travel to Baku or an English player. It’s disgusting.
— Chelsea-FC (@ArmCFCOfficial) May 21, 2019
— R?? (@Higuainology) May 21, 2019
— Terry (@tesslar2011) May 21, 2019
They should boycott, doesn’t matter who the player is I think it’s a disgrace. From political issues to being charged thousands to get out there. They should just play it at Wembley, they would be able to accommodate at short notice.
— Luke Stone (@lukestone11) May 21, 2019
Yes both clubs should definitely boycott the final. Even if it leads to disqualification from UEFA next year. If we don’t, we end up standing with UEFA and discrimination against players.
— Proper Chels (@proprchels) May 21, 2019
I’m a Chelsea fan, and they need to boycott this match or find a new location.
— Andrew Ingino (@andrew_ingino) May 21, 2019
Totally agree, as a Chelsea fan both @ChelseaFC & @Arsenal should boycott this final.
Sadly, that won’t happen as Champions League qualification for an Arsenal win precedes any principles – disgrace for both clubs and fans
— Mark Greene (@mvg22) May 21, 2019