The Europa League Final between Arsenal and Chelsea is set to take place on the 29th of May in Baku.
One player who won’t be involved, however, is Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
He will not travel due to the ongoing political tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Ian Wright was quick to respond on Twitter and is clearly absolutely fuming that UEFA has chosen to host a major European Final in a country where one of the team’s players can’t go for fear of his own safety.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) May 21, 2019
Wright, in this tweet, has hit the nail-on-the-head.
Their choice of Baku is a nightmare for logistical reasons with no direct flights to the city. Fans who want to go have been advised to stay in Turkey then fly from there.
This has led to a boycott of the final from many Chelsea and Arsenal fans, just last week only 600 Chelsea tickets had been sold and only 3000 Arsenal tickets.
The original allocation of 6000 tickets each in a 69,870 capacity stadium was seen as a joke by UEFA, but it looks like even that small allocation will not be sold due to Baku being a total nightmare to get to.
Mkhitaryan’s safety was promised by the Azerbaijan FA, but he has taken the decision not to travel.
This should not even be a possibility but unfortunately it is, and the Armenian can now not be involved in what would be only his second European Final.
The way UEFA have handled the Europa League Final suggests that Wright is correct and they do not care about fans or players.