The Europa League farce: Chelsea and Arsenal fans face nightmare 2,850-mile journey to Baku

Mail Online | 5/10/2019 | Anthony Hay for MailOnline
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Arsenal and Chelsea supporters face paying up to a staggering £1,000 for return journey flights from London to Baku for the Europa League final.

The Premier League duo booked their place in the May 29 showdown on Thursday night and now attentions have turned to how fans will make their way to the Baku Olympic Stadium.

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Only eight miles separate Arsenal's Emirates Stadium ground to Chelsea's home at Stamford Bridge but both clubs are being forced to play 2,850 miles away.

Chelsea are laying on a special day trip but it will cost £979 and the deal is only available for supporters of the west London club.

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UEFA's decision to host the final in Azerbaijan means fans will have to travel further east than capital cities in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) and Iraq (Baghdad).

They may also have to fly to Istanbul or Kiev before changing planes – meaning the journey could take up to 10 hours.

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It has turned out to be a logistical nightmare for supporters of both clubs as there are currently no direct flights from London to Baku scheduled for the week of the final.

Fans will also need to apply for a visa to enter Azerbaijan – leaving supporters with just 19 days to be given the green light to enter the country.

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Many took to Twitter to vent their anger towards UEFA after being notified of the travel arrangements to Baku.

Simon Smith wrote: 'Can't make the final, even if I could I think the farcical ticket allocation, process and cost of flights would have put me off. What are you playing at @UEFA @EuropaLeague? Only 6,000 tickets?!!'

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Twitter user Mr Insight wrote: 'Disgusting ticket allocation for the Europa League final. Only 12,000 tickets collectively for both sets of fans out of 70,000 capacity stadium. UEFA must do something about this for...
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