Arsenal stated on Thursday that the decision to award Baku the proper to host the Europa League final changed into "unacceptable" due to the difficulty and prices of getting there.

"we've 45,000 season ticket holders and for such a lot of fans to overlook out due to UEFA choosing a very last venue with such limited transport provision is quite clearly now not right," the membership stated.

UEFA, the eu football governing body, offered Arsenal and Chelsea 6,000 tickets each for his or her enthusiasts to wait the sport, with the intention to be performed in Baku Olympic Stadium with a capacity of 68,seven-hundred.

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Supporters will journey heaps of kilometers to watch what is, in essence, a London derby.

pretty few flights are to be had among Western Europe and Baku. The ones to be had are normally expensive.

"Time will inform if it's far even possible for 6,000 Arsenal lovers to attend the healthy, given how extreme the journey challenges are," the club stated.

The English best League aspect additionally known as on UEFA to give an explanation for "the standards" it used to award web hosting rights and entreated it to don't forget "supporter logistics" in future selections.

Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal's then-chief executive, have been on the UEFA committee that offered Baku the web hosting rights in September 2017.

On Wednesday, Azerbaijan sports Minister Azad Rahimov brushed off the grievance of Baku. "this is Europe and any town has a chance to host such sort of an occasion," he said.

amp/msh (AP, AFP)