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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Europa League Final: UEFA Issue Arsenal And Chelsea Statement Over Ticket Issue

UEFA have apologised to both Chelsea and Arsenal Fans over the issue of getting tickets for the Europa League final and the location itself, MySportDab reports.

Arsenalon Wednesday wrote to Uefa protesting about the holding of the final against Chelsea in a city “with such limited transport provisions.”

And it emerged on Friday night that both Arsenal and Chelsea are each struggling to sell their 6,000 allocations for the May 29 final, such are the costs and difficulties of getting to Azerbaijan.

Many fans of both clubs are boycotting the final in protest, with the trip likely to cost around £1,000 per supporter.

But Uefa said on Friday night: “Uefa has committed to appoint hosts only via a fair and transparent bidding process, where the candidates have to provide evidence of their ability to stage the event.

“The bidding process is held a couple of years in advance, meaning that the exactcircumstances in which the final will have to be organised cannot be known at the time of the appointment.

“Mobility and accommodation are obviously key criteria. It would of course be ideal to postpone the ticketing process until such moment when teams are known. This is not possible due to the complexity of ticketing operations and security plans.

“We are really sorry for the problems that your (and Chelsea’s) fans are encountering. But it is fair not only to give other fans the possibility of a uniquelive experience, but also to stage events which boost the promotion of football in an entire region.

“Uefa would it consider utterly unfair to exclude certain venues based on their decentralised geographical position.”

Only around 600 Chelsea season ticket holders have purchased tickets so far.

Arsenal estimate they have sold around 3,000 tickets.

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