The Armenian footballer will not travel to Azerbaijan for the final between Arsenal and Chelsea at the end of May.
Armenia and neighbor country Azerbaijan has been involved in political disputes for some years now.
And this dispute has influenced the world of football, with Arsenal’s Armenian footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to miss the UEFA Europa League Final against Chelsea at the end of May.
Mkhitaryan already missed a Europa League match in Azerbaijan when the Gunners visited Qarabag earlier in the season.
And now with the final set to be played in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital, Arsenal has announced Mkhitaryan will not take part in the match.
“We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be traveling with the squad for our Uefa Europa League final against Chelsea,” the Gunners wrote on the club’s official website.
“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our traveling party.”
They added: “We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation. Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.”
“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career. Micki will continue to be part of our preparations until we depart for Baku at the weekend.”