Chelsea, Arsenal to return over 6,000 Europa League final tickets to UEFA

A report from The Times suggests that London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea are going to return some of the tickets they were allocated for the Europa League final game in Baku.

The two Premier League outfits plan to return a total of over 6,000 tickets having sold just 3,500 and 2,000 respectively.

UEFA initially allocated 5,800 tickets each to both Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of the Europa League final in Baku.

The number was just 10% of the Stadium’s capacity. This was majorly due to the capacity challenges being encountered at the Baku International Airport.

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A lot of English fans declined to take the trip to Baku due to reasons such as a limited number of flights, the price of airline tickets, visa challenges, and the lateness of the fixture, amongst others.

On the other hand, this could be a welcome development for the local fans in Azerbaijan who can purchase the returned tickets and get to see their favorite football stars in action.

The location of this final game has come with a lot of issues, with Arsenal being on the receiving end of one of the major issues.

The North London outfit recently slammed UEFA for choosing Baku as the destination for the Europa League final.

This was due to report making the rounds that Armenia senior team captain and Arsenal key man Henrikh Mkhitaryan would not be available for the game against Chelsea scheduled for May 29 in Baku.

UEFA and the authorities in Azerbaijan had given the club and the player security guarantees.

However, the club released a statement on Tuesday that Mkhitaryan would not travel with the squad after holding discussions with the player and his family.

Mkhitaryan has previously missed two European cup fixtures away to Azerbaijan.

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