Azerbaijan FA disappointed at Mkhitaryan’s absence

The country will host the UEFA Europa League Final between Arsenal and Chelsea, but the decision has been controversial.

There have been many controversies surrounding the UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The fans have only gotten a fraction of the tickets allocated to them, while some don’t like the European competition taking place in an Asian country.

And today the Gunners have announced that Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play in the final citing security concerns.

“We are disappointed to see the statement from Arsenal that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be traveling with his team to Baku to participate at the UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea next Wednesday,” a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Football Association told Off The Post.

“We very much regret this unwarranted decision taken, as we understand, collectively by Arsenal, the player, and his family.”

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“Whilst we recognize the right to make a personal decision not to travel, we would like to reiterate that as the host country Azerbaijan has provided all the necessary guarantees required by UEFA to ensure the personal safety of Mr. Mkhitaryan.”

They added: “There is no reason whatsoever to put in question the seriousness of these guarantees provided by Azerbaijan.”

“Over the past decade, a large number of Armenian athletes have taken part in various international sports events in Azerbaijan without any issues.”

“Finally, we believe that this regretful decision will not affect in any manner the quality and the attraction of this great match,” they said.

“We look forward to welcoming both teams in Baku shortly.”


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