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UEFA issue firm response to Arsenal complaints over Europa League final in Baku vs Chelsea

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UEFA have apologised to Arsenal for the travel chaos that has come about from their decision to host the Europa League final in Baku but insist that it would be "utterly unfair to exclude certain venues just based on their decentralised geographical position".

The specificity of the UEFA Europa League final, when compared to the UEFA Champions League final, is the high volatility in the number of fans following the two finalist teams.

Thousands of supporters have opted not to travel to Azerbaijan for the final, with airfare alone costing many supporters in excess of £1,000, meaning that both Arsenal and Chelsea are struggling to sell out allocations of just 6,000 tickets.

For UEFA fans are a priority.

In a powerful letter to UEFA Arsenal questioned the logic of awarding the final to a city "with with such limited transport provisions".

Arsenal have made their allocation available to red members, the lowest tier above general sale, but have publicly admitted that they cannot guarantee that they will be able to take up all the tickets that have been made available to them.

UEFA insist their experts are "keenly working" to find cheaper ways for fans to get to Baku, with few able to fly direct and most having to make expensive journeys via Frankfurt, Istanbul or Tblisi, the latter of which is followed by a 10 hour journey by road.
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