The 2019 Europa League final is going to serve as a great showcase of two of English football’s finest clubs, and more specifically, two of London’s. It’s the kind of competition that receives a bad reputation because it isn’t the Champions League, when in reality, the final is almost always contested between some of the best clubs in Europe. This year will be no different as Arsenal prepare to square off against Chelsea – with the game taking place in Baku.
A joke of a situation
Of course, we now all know by this point that the biggest red flag of all lies within that destination. Baku, in Azerbaijan, has been viewed as a city on the rise over the course of the last few years. The general belief is that they’re growing as an independent tourism force in the realms of European culture, and yet in reality, the Europa League final of this year has proven that to be incredibly untrue.
Which is why we’re here today: to question whether or not Baku will ever receive such an honour to host a big final again. Arguably the biggest red flag up to this point has been Henrikh Mkhitaryan not travelling to play in the game, due to the fact that he feels unsafe. This stems from him being Armenian, with the Armenians currently being in a difficult political situation with Azerbaijan. It goes without saying, really, but this is an absolute disgrace.
Get it sorted
Beyond that you’ve got the ticketing issue, with Arsenal and Chelsea only being awarded 6,000 tickets each for their fans in a stadium that will hold more than 60,000. It’s an absolute joke to think that UEFA can get away with this, all in the name of gifting tickets to executives who probably haven’t watched a day of football in their lives. It’s kind of sickening, guys.
When you combine all of that with the fact that it’s unbelievably difficult to even get to Baku in the first place, it should become obvious that nobody wants to see Baku back in this kind of position again. If they can rectify the many issues on display then perhaps it’d be a little bit different, but we can’t see that happening for a long time.
The worst part is there doesn’t seem to be any guilt for this.
Do you think Baku should still be hosting the 2019 UEFA Europa League final?