Europa League final record thousands of empty seats in Baku

Europa League final record thousands of empty seats in Baku

- Europa League final match between Chelsea and Arsenal recorded a discouraging turnout in the 68,000 capacity

- The Blue ended up going home with the trophy but organizers chose the wrong venue for the high-profile match

- Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan was absent because of the political tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal did not live up to the billing in terms of attendance in Baku, Azerbaijan.

It was a disappointing turn out in the 68,700 capacity stadium with just 6,000 tickets allocated to both Chelsea and Arsenal supporters.

Both Premier League clubs ended up sending a large portion of those tickets back with Baku being one of the most inaccessible cities from the UK, sponsors and partners also did the same.

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This led to thousands of empty seats at the Olympic Stadium and despite the camera trying to hide the obvious spaces, the scanty areas were still visible.

UEFA's choice of the venue was not smart enough to foresee that the city is not marketable for an event of such magnitude.

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The lengthy trip made by the London fans was more than a headache and it made ticket allocation very low.

Also, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's absence in the showdown was because of his nationality, and his safety can not be guaranteed, which summed up UEFA woes.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Robert Green wore his full kit to lift Europa League trophy despite not being on the bench or played a match for Chelsea since Maurizio Sarri became boss.

The Blues third choice goalkeeper who has gone 645 days without playing a match did not miss out on the celebration. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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