Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Arsenal, Chelsea return unsold Europa League final tickets

Arsenal, Chelsea return unsold Europa League final tickets

FOOTBALL: Arsenal and Chelsea have returned over half of their combined allocation of 12,000 tickets for next week’s Europa League final due to the difficulty and great expense for fans travelling to Azerbaijan.

Football
By AFP

Saturday 25 May 2019, 03:27PM


Fans face a 5,000 mile round trip to see Arsenal and Chelsea face off in the Europa League final in Baku. Photo: AFP

Fans face a 5,000 mile round trip to see Arsenal and Chelsea face off in the Europa League final in Baku. Photo: AFP

A lack of direct flights between London and Baku means supporters face costs of over £1,000 just to make the 5,000-mile round trip before tickets and accommodation are taken into account.

Arsenal had initially complained over their small allocation, but confirmed to AFP that they have returned 2,200 tickets for the Gunners’ first European final in 13 years.

AFP understands that Chelsea have sold just 2,000 of their 6,000 allocation.

UEFA denied reports that sponsors had also returned tickets and said they were confident that local fans will snap up the spare tickets to ensure there is a capacity crowd at the 68,000 Olympic Stadium.

“The majority of these tickets have already been sold to local fans in Azerbaijan and we are confident that the remaining ones will also be sold as demand is very high,” UEFA said in a statement to AFP.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) joined other supporters’ groups in criticising UEFA for the location of the final, but also turned on their own club’s handling of the affair.

“Baku is a totally unsuitable location for a major European final. The combination of cost, complexity in regard to travel arrangements and time off work has massively reduced the travelling support, including those who loyally and ordinarily go to all home, away and European matches,” said the CST in a statement.

The CST also complained about the cost of charter flights put on by Chelsea and that the club has not extended the time for season ticket renewals in order to help fans’ cash flow.

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will also not travel to the final due to safety fears.

Mkhitaryan’s native Armenia and Azerbaijan have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
PM holds urgent haze meeting

It is now 12-13 days ago since PM held a urgent Toxic Smog meeting. Now, what is the operational fol...(Read More)


ONWR warns of heavy rain, flooding across South

What are at this very moment the plans and doings of ONWR and BBPM to prevent/tackle the fast approa...(Read More)


Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

When I compare the double over-control of legal staying expats/retirees ( TM 30 AND 90 day reports...(Read More)


Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

Stop immediately that TM30 nonsense for Expats traveling inside Thailand. Than domestic traveling/sp...(Read More)


Indian tourist killed, another injured in Phuket motorbike accident

Dek, what you say is true, but, do you let someone die, or try and save them?eg, if a car is on fire...(Read More)


Snake ssssafety: Avoiding bites from Phuket’s venomous residents

Last night I had a Snake about 2m color black with yellow rings, come in to kill rats. Now I got her...(Read More)


Indian tourist killed, another injured in Phuket motorbike accident

...Kurt, do you have to comment on every single topic? Surely you're not an authority on everyt...(Read More)


Arrival, departure slots: Use them or lose them, Phuket airport chief warns airlines

Phuket airport manager don't have to worry. Many slots will remain availabe due to lesser flight...(Read More)


Indian tourist killed, another injured in Phuket motorbike accident

@DeK, you hit the nail on the head. Why are car, bus, truck drivers not compulsory trained in First ...(Read More)