The consequences of UEFA's decision to host the Europa League final in Baku continue with the news that some British-Armenian Arsenal subscribers have been denied entry.
The Times ())) reports from Arsenal I am now trying to find out in the Foreign Ministry whether pressure on the Azerbaijani government, which has no diplomatic relations with Armenia as a result of a conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, that makes exceptions for those who really want to watch us 29th of May.
It is believed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan was granted a visa, but that Unai Emery does not yet have to decide whether to take the midfielder, as he fears for his safety and has a possible disruption leading to our setup could become a game.
As you all know, Arsenal and Chelsea have been allocated only 6,000 seats each for the 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium. UEFA seemed to justify its decision by suggesting that the local infrastructure could not handle a larger influx of visitors. Obviously, this leads to questions about Baku's suitability as a venue for such a high-profile game.
The visa issue and the cost of a ridiculously challenging journey have sent a host of Arsenal supporters on their journey. What's left of our 6,000-member allocation has been sold to red members ̵
In a statement released today, Arsenal criticized UEFA for deciding to host the game in Baku.
"We are bitterly disappointed by the fact that Uefa Arsenal can only provide a maximum of 6,000 tickets for a stadium with a capacity of well over 60,000 due to transport restrictions. Time will tell if it's even possible that 6,000 Arsenal fans will attend the game given the extreme travel requirements.
"We have 45,000 subscribers and so many fans who miss it because UEFA has decided on a final venue with such limited transportation is simply not right. The reality is that anyone who has reached the finals can not satisfy the demand of his fans.
"We received many complaints from our fans about this and share their concerns.
" On behalf of our fans, we want to understand the criteria for selecting the venues for the finals and the requirements of the supporters be taken into account.
"In the future, we urge Uefa to ensure that the logistics and supporter requirements are an integral part. Decisions for the final venue, as they were made this season, are unacceptable and can not be repeated. We would be happy to participate in future discussions to prevent this situation from reoccurring. "