Arsenal and Chelsea to return 6,000 Europa League final tickets

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According to Sky Sports, Arsenal and Chelsea will return as many as 6,000 of the 12,000 tickets allocated for the Europa League final after supporters from both clubs opted against making the difficult and expensive trip to Baku.

It’s reported that the Gunners will be represented by 4,000 fans who’ve bought tickets via the club with Chelsea taking half that number.

Just to reiterate, Baku’s Olympic Stadium, which is hosting the showpiece fixture on 29 May, has a capacity close to 68,000.

Given we have 45,000 season ticket holders, Arsenal rightly complained about the size of the initial ticket allocation. It’s since become very apparent that even if we’d been given more tickets, the logistics involved in getting to a country on the outer reaches of UEFA’s jurisdiction were going to be far more prohibitive for the average punter.

In justifying their initial allocation by pointing out exactly that, UEFA pretty much stuck two fingers up at us.

What is likely to prove more embarrassing for UEFA is the fact that a number of their sponsors, each with big allocations, are also reportedly sending tickets back as well. The Times (£) claims that the same travel problems facing supporters are hindering those with the option of freebie entry.

Apparently, all returned tickets will be put on sale to locals. We’ll be curious to see if the stadium is full for Europe’s second biggest football final. It’ll be a crying shame if Unai Emery’s and Maurizio Sarri’s men have to go head-to-head in front of swathes of empty seats but maybe that’s what it’ll take for UEFA to reassess the way they hand out these games.

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C.B.
C.B.
1 year ago

Crazy. Why didn’t anyone think this through in advance. Its not hard to predict the problems.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  C.B.

Fairly $ure U€FA thought it through.

SFGiants
SFGiants
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

In other words, for the same reason(s) Qatar has the 2020 WC.

IamaGoober
1 year ago
Reply to  SFGiants

Apparently Ivan Gazidis was part of the original UEFA panel that selected Baku..

Absolute clown.

How did that guy stay as our CEO for like 10 years.

Ted E.
Ted E.
1 year ago
Reply to  IamaGoober

Shh! We love Ivan Gazidis, and think he is an astute businessman, with a real nose for talent, evidenced by him trying to steal our fine centerback, Shkodran Mustafi, from us.

Mike1
Mike1
1 year ago
Reply to  Ted E.

You forgot to mention that he is loyal and a man of honour.

Matt P
Matt P
1 year ago
Reply to  IamaGoober

Right fucker. Dodgy, greasy asshole.

Rayk-47
Rayk-47
1 year ago
Reply to  SFGiants

$101 million reasons I think

Greg D
Greg D
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

£O£

James Pepper
James Pepper
1 year ago
Reply to  C.B.

I have to admit I didn’t think through in advance – purchased the ticket and then basically threw the towel in today after being quite £2950 by Thomas Cook for the return flight and seeing no viable alternative. I will frame the ticket and hang it under the stairs. Older, poorer and probably none the wiser.

Chickenshite
1 year ago
Reply to  James Pepper

It’s that bad? I can literally fly return from my adopted country;the USA to my home country India twice in that price! That’s straight robbery man. Really sympathize with you and all the gooners affected by this

Dave Cee
Dave Cee
1 year ago
Reply to  Chickenshite

I can do Manila to Dublin and back 4 times at that price! Total gouging bastards. Remember not to use Thomas Cook again. Or easyJet who are fleecing fans going to Madrid

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense
1 year ago
Reply to  James Pepper

Why didn’t the two clubs organize their respective charter flights ?

Ian leedham
Ian leedham
1 year ago

The airport can only handle 6000 people a day

Damo Dinkum
Damo Dinkum
1 year ago
Reply to  James Pepper

Try to sell it online at half price? Reverse scalping?

John C
John C
1 year ago
Reply to  James Pepper

Maybe that’s what we should all do, buy all the tickets and deliberately not turn up to leave the place empty, maybe they’ll be embarrassed by all the empty seats? But probably not thinking about it.

Pookins
Pookins
1 year ago
Reply to  James Pepper

James, take a look at this;
https://www.football365.com/news/the-greater-achievement-arsenals-invincible-season-or-citys-treble

Read the submission from sadharth about using foreign websites. Might help. I did it a few years back and saved about 50% in prices quoted on Uk websites

Pookins
Pookins
1 year ago
Reply to  Pookins

Siddharth not sadharth, apologies

canon fodder
canon fodder
1 year ago
Reply to  James Pepper

Really! I paid 979 for mine via Thomas Cook. Please try them again as the flights are not oversubscribed

Punter
Punter
1 year ago
Reply to  C.B.

Let’s hope the good Azerbaijani come out in droves to support the Arse for a win. I am done whining about the location of the finals.. It’s not going to change this year anyway.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee
1 year ago

I really hope it is an empty satdium. Totally deserved

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Cee

Like UEFA cares. Im sure they already got their payday from Azerbaijan.

momozemio
momozemio
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Cee

Local authorities (sic) will rather buy all places and give them to locals than display an empty stadium. They cannot loose face… Good news is that whatever will happen, this silly mascarade will be over in less than a week. COYG!!

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago

Problem is they will just give away the seats to make it look successful the whole thing has been a clusterfuck since it started

GraeB
GraeB
1 year ago
Reply to  Matthew

Assuming locals are prepared to go to an 11pm kick off with the possibility of extra time and penalties before they get home in time to go to work again!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Aaaarrggghhhhhh!!!!!!!
That is the nearest I have for words

Giovani
Giovani
1 year ago

Lovely

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

I assume the decision makers were bunged handsomely so little will change.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

I suspect we could drum up more supporters to watch Mkhitaryan play keepie uppie in the Emirates instead.

Hubie
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

Haha brilliant. Would watch

David C
David C
1 year ago
Reply to  Matt

Why isn’t the Emirates broadcasting the game live in the stadium? Happens all the time in North American sports.

shokim
shokim
1 year ago
Reply to  David C

They’re increasing the seating capacity.

Medium Mozart
Medium Mozart
1 year ago
Reply to  shokim

Oh the irony…

GYWE
GYWE
1 year ago
Reply to  David C

Building works at club level mean the bars etc aren’t open. Also they probably wouldn’t get permission to have big screens on the pitch etc on a Wednesday evening.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend
1 year ago
Reply to  GYWE

Wembley? Open it to both sets of fans and get the ol’ projectors out… so long as the decontamination process has been completed.

David C
David C
1 year ago

that’s such a great idea. Seems like a missed opportunity if it doesn’t happen. Charge fans 10 pounds each and donate the money to human rights charity it Azerbajan

LebronKos
LebronKos
1 year ago
Reply to  David C

Broadcasting rights my fren

Runzac
Runzac
1 year ago

When does corruption have any positive effects for us?

Okester
Okester
1 year ago
Reply to  Runzac

Got us loads of foreign treasures in our museums and we’ve done alright out of stripping former British Empire countries of their natural resources. Swings and roundabouts…

Mootilated
Mootilated
1 year ago
Reply to  Runzac

It prevented us from ever being relegated, actually. Look it up

shokim
shokim
1 year ago

Serves them right, the twats.

Jack4343
Jack4343
1 year ago

Credit to the dedicated supporters of both clubs that they even have 6,000 fans attending. You had to figure many sponsor tickets would be returned as well. They are not supporters of either club in most cases and would attend if it was convienient. This is the complete opposite of convienient. Add in the political stuff and it’s pretty much a hard no. Shambolic.

Ditch the Blue
Ditch the Blue
1 year ago

My bro-in-Law works with Kia one of the major sponsors. On reaching the final he applied for tickets and said he’d take me, a fan for nearly 50 years. When we realised costs for flight we said thanks but no thanks (13 May). Kia replies that these were VIP tickets including accommodation AND travel. So, OK we we’re in for that. On 21 May tickets were sent out; accommodation was included but no travel. With prices around £1,000 plus 3-4 days expenses we rather reluctantly returned the tickets!

Scott P
Scott P
1 year ago
Reply to  Ditch the Blue

Kind of crappy that they told you it would include everything, then it didn’t. Hopefully this is a sign that even the sponsors are getting fed up, which would really give UEFA a kick in the arse. Seems like that’s the only way they’ll listen.

A P
A P
1 year ago
Reply to  Ditch the Blue

perhaps the travel bit was from the hotel to stadium?

Pookins
Pookins
1 year ago

Could the club not put the game on a screen live at the Emirates as supporters find it so hard to get there? Or is there some UEFA rule preventing that?

Martin
Martin
1 year ago
Reply to  Pookins

Building works are taking place to increase stadium capacity

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans
1 year ago

Day by day the situation becomes more and more pathetic.

Not to mention the (lack of) ethics and morality of the governing bodies to let the use of those venues/events to whitewash dictatorial regimes, human rights abuses etc.

Kiwama
Kiwama
1 year ago

There is a whole World Cup of this crap coming in 2022

R m
R m
1 year ago
Reply to  Kiwama

Your statement could not be more true, more clear, and more to the point – my thoughts exactly.

John Bulldog
John Bulldog
1 year ago
Reply to  Kiwama

A bit easier to get to Qatar though….

Eric Blair
Eric Blair
1 year ago
Reply to  Kiwama

Before that there’s the Euro 2020 with everyone having to fly constantly around Europe/Asia, including Baku again.

Dave
Dave
1 year ago

UEFA = United Encroachers of Football Asociations?

JustDoneIt
JustDoneIt
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave

Un-Ethical Fucking Arsecunts

The Mickster
The Mickster
1 year ago

Wouldn’t it be nice, if the few of us that are ‘lucky’ enough to be going had our seats upgraded to fancy corporate seats !
It would make up for the 14 hours on a plane a little

Okester
Okester
1 year ago
Reply to  The Mickster

Coming home with the trophy wouldn’t hurt either!

Twatsloch
Twatsloch
1 year ago

Imagine if they’d moved this to Wembley what a jubilant affair it would have been.

Mpls
Mpls
1 year ago

The clubs should return them all and host the ticket holders for a VIP viewing event.

Fuck UEFA. Fuck corrupt regimes sportwashing their human rights misdeeds.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

I genuinely hope the stadium is half empty. The players are professional and will still give 100% on the pitch, full stadium or not.

A half empty stadium will greatly embarrass uefa and hopefully it will teach them a lesson!!! The cunts!!!

GraeB
GraeB
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy

If only it would achieve that – I rather fancy they won’t give a toss. They’ll use the returned tickets as a sign they were right. Even if it loses money overall, it’s not their money is it?

Goonsquad
Goonsquad
1 year ago

What is the way they hand out these games? I mean do they just take cash in a big bag, or has it gotten a bit more refined than that these days?

Mootilated
Mootilated
1 year ago

Good. I wish people would stop paying for scams. It just allows UEFA to carry on the farce.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
1 year ago

And the saga continues…

John Davidson
John Davidson
1 year ago

I’m very surprised no travel agency or even the team chartered some planes for the fans and offered seats for a few hundred £. Maybe these huge prices ARE the charter prices as those involved tried to price gouge the entire affair. What a shame..

Melvin Bryant
Melvin Bryant
1 year ago

I would like to know the flights from other leading countries, was this going to be the same for Spanish, German, Dutch and French clubs.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner
1 year ago

Absolute fucking scandal. I hope the stadium is half-empty for the final, but my guess is that they’ll give tickets away to locals in order to hide their embarrassment.

As many others have pointed out already on this page, this is a foretaste of what is going to happen in Qatar. A month of matches in half-empty stadiums.

goonero
goonero
1 year ago

UEFAs take away from this will be that they simply allocated too many tickets to each clubs fans I’m sure.

Gooner92
Gooner92
1 year ago

Really hope the stadium isn’t half empty, because I’m going 🙁 it’s pretty depressing how shit this whole affair has been because I feel privileged and excited to see my boyhood club in a European final but this clusterfuck is making things more sour by the day. Shouldn’t be like this

James
James
1 year ago

Where are people watching it? I’m thinking of heading to North London to watch it in a pub. I know some are already sold out, not sure which is best to watch it in

iGooner
iGooner
1 year ago

If its opened to the locals, it’ll be full no doubt. Arsenal vs Chelsea, 2 big names playing a final for the first(and last) time there.

So i hope there are a lot of local Arsenal fans willing to cheer the team on to success. Either way we need to win this. At all odds.

PLgooner
PLgooner
1 year ago
Reply to  iGooner

If tickets are released, I’m sure thousands of Armenians will make the short trip across the border to watch their hero play. Oh, hang on…

Andy Mack
Andy Mack
1 year ago

Not a problem for the UEFA officials that have pocketed their bribe money already…

Fuzz
Fuzz
1 year ago

They won’t care, they got what they wanted out of it

Confused
Confused
1 year ago

UEFA are a bunch of spunktrumpets and wankpuffins.

Santori
Santori
1 year ago

Why is Baku even in Europe?

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler
1 year ago

I wonder if we would of given a rats bunghole if Arsenal were eliminated and didnt make the final? I suspect not.
Reality is money rules football, and there is SFA us average joes can do about it.

Gooner1
Gooner1
1 year ago

Where there is privelage, there is €orruption.

Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts
1 year ago

It’s called bribery, plain and simple. The Government of Azerbaijan passes enough money into the hands of an influential middle man who knows a person on the EUFA location selection committee. The money is divided up between the committee members and all vote for a country/city that wants international exposure and promotion. It’s probably cheaper than an ad campaign.

Martin_Gooner
Martin_Gooner
1 year ago

Remember when it came to Dublin they couldn’t give them away either that was more down to the teams playing than anything else though.

Matt P
Matt P
1 year ago

Farce. Fuck off UEFA.

Horace the Guuner
Horace the Guuner
1 year ago

UEFA have made it into a joke. Both teams should agree to make the game into a knock around, fancy dress, charity type of thing

Willz
1 year ago

If it wasn’t Chelsea and arsenal “big clubs” in this final, no one would be complaining. Let’s not descriminate in football…that side of Europe needs more events like this..let them enjoy hosting the final and when our time is right , like it has always been, we will enjoy aswell..,.let them be and stop whining