According to the UEFA president, the decision to host the Europa League Final wouldn’t have been a problem for any other clubs in Europe.
The UEFA Europa League Final host city was chosen more than a year and a half ago.
But it was until the world knew about the finalists, when the problems started, as Chelsea and Arsenal were angry to be playing in Azerbaijan for the title.
And according to UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, the problem was not the city chosen to host the final, but that two English teams made it all the way to that round.
“Whenever we have English clubs, whenever we have complaints,” he was quoted by The Bleacher Report.
“You don’t help yourself in the popularity within European football with that.”
“If somebody asks me why we played in Baku, I would say: People live there, homo sapiens live there,” he added.
“If we have two Azerbaijani teams playing in London nobody would complain. They would come and play without any problems.”
“We decided a year-and-a-half ago that we play in Baku, which has a modern stadium of 70,000,” he commented.
“I think there is only one stadium in England that is bigger.”
“They had to watch the game at 11 p.m. because of the time difference but nobody complained,” Ceferin continued.
“We have to develop football everywhere not England, Germany only.”
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