MX23RW : Tuesday, September 28 06:09:40| >> :120:22770:22770:
May 29, 2019 at 8pm UK at Baku Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 51,370
Chelsea
4-1
Arsenal
Giroud (49'), Pedro (60'), Hazard (65' pen., 72')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Iwobi (69')

Chelsea accused of abandoning supporters for Europa League final

Chelsea accused of abandoning supporters for Europa League final
© Reuters
Blues fans believe Chelsea could have done much more to assist those wishing to try to travel to Baku.

Chelsea Supporters Trust has criticised the club over their handling of ticket arrangements for next week's controversial Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku.

Fans of both clubs have already slammed UEFA over its choice of the final venue, but Blues supporters believe Chelsea could have done much more to assist those wishing to try to travel to the Azerbaijani capital.

In a statement, the Chelsea Supporters Trust said: "We are extremely disappointed that Chelsea FC have been unable or unwilling to help Chelsea supporters overcome the travel, expense and logistics in order for them to support the team in a European final."

Stamford Bridge will not be able to screen the match
Stamford Bridge will not be able to screen the match (Mike Egerton/PA)

The trust also criticised the club for failing to offer a subsidy to supporters in light of the "extortionate" costs involved, and for insisting on tickets being picked up at a specific location.

Arsenal have confirmed to Press Association Sport that they have currently sold just over half of their 6,000 allocation for the match, and the numbers are believed to be similar for Chelsea, although the club have not confirmed this.

Chelsea issued a statement later on Monday in which they said they "sympathised" with the issues faced by supporters wishing to travel to the game.

In their statement, the club said: "We sympathise with the problems our supporters face organising travel to Azerbaijan for the game, and would like to reassure fans that alongside Arsenal and our travel partners at Thomas Cook Sport, we have looked at various options to help them get to Baku.

"Unfortunately, a number of factors outside the club's control have made organisation a complicated and challenging process.

"This includes the location of the final being 2,500 miles from London, a lack of available charter aircraft and transport infrastructure which limited the number of flights able to arrive in Baku around the final."

Chelsea also confirmed they are not able to beam live footage of the match back to Stamford Bridge due to another event taking place at the stadium on the same day.

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Press Association Sport staff');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'f0ad1e47-c005-4425-9a98-21da013a2377');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:club-news,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:uk,paservice:sport:world');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Chelsea Supporters Trust criticise club over Europa League final arrangements'});

ID:360191: cacheID:360191:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:6363:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho taunts fans after his side's comeback win over Juventus on November 7, 2018
Read Next:
Jose Mourinho expects Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool64201541114
2Manchester CityMan City64111211113
3Chelsea64111221013
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd6411135813
5Everton6411127513
6Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton641185313
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham6321138511
8Aston Villa631297210
9Brentford62318539
10Arsenal6303510-59
11Tottenham HotspurSpurs630349-59
12Watford621379-27
13Leicester CityLeicester6213710-37
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves620435-26
15Crystal Palace613269-36
16Southampton604247-34
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle6033714-73
18Leeds UnitedLeeds6033614-83
19Burnley6024511-62
20Norwich CityNorwich6006216-140

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!