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Arsenal demand UEFA explanation over Baku Europa League final

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(Reuters) - Arsenal say they are “bitterly disappointed” that only 6,000 of their travelling supporters can get tickets to watch the Europa League final with Chelsea in Baku and have urged UEFA to explain their decision to stage the showpiece event in Azerbaijan.

“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,” Arsenal said in a statement on Thursday.

Arsenal face Chelsea at the Baku Olympic Stadium on May 29 with fans struggling to secure flights for the near 6,000-mile round trip as well as accommodation ahead of the club’s first European final in 13 years.

“Time will tell if it is even possible for 6,000 Arsenal fans to attend the match, given how extreme the travel challenges are.” There are no direct scheduled flights between London and Baku in the week of the final, while prices of any remaining connecting flights have rocketed to well beyond 1,000 pounds ($1,282).

Arsenal said they have received many complaints from travelling fans who are desperate to attend the final.

“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.

We would be happy to join any future discussions to avoid this situation happening again.” Arsenal’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a doubt for the final due to the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and his native Armenia, as was the case earlier in the competition when Arsenal beat Qarabag during the group stages.
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