Arsenal fans warned by Uefa over Mkhitaryan protests during Europa League final against Chelsea


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UEFA will be closely monitoring the behaviour of Arsenal fans amid fears of a protest at the Europa League final.

Gunners supporters have been left fuming at being robbed of the services of Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the final against Chelsea next week.

 Uefa will be keeping a close eye on Arsenal and Chelsea fans to spot any protests and will take disciplinary action

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Uefa will be keeping a close eye on Arsenal and Chelsea fans to spot any protests and will take disciplinary action

Mkhitaryan has made himself unavailable for the match because he fears for his safety with the game being played in Baku.

Host nation Azerbaijan have been locked in a bitter political dispute with the playmaker’s country Armenia for two decades, and that has forced Arsenal to leave out one of their key players.

And the small number of Gunners fans who make the trip to the the eastern edge of Europe for the game may well voice their frustration during the match.


The Mkhitaryan issue has only added to their anger at the fact Baku is staging the final – a city that is hard to reach because of the lack of transport infrastructure.

Added to the fact the prices involved in flying to Azerbaijan and the extortionate accommodation charges, and Arsenal fans have a major gripe with Uefa.

They have only sold 3,500 of their 6,000 allocation of tickets, with Chelsea having shifted fewer still as fans vote with their feet and wallets.

But Uefa will have observers in the stadium to watch closely for any sign of protest from the supporters against them – aware they already face embarrassment of thousands of empty seats.

And the Mail say they will not hesitate to take disciplinary action should the Gunners fans, or Chelsea for that matter, do anything which criticises of the governing body.

Uefa have been hot on any teams protesting against them in the past, with Celtic fined £20,000 when fans displayed a banner which read: “F*** Uefa”.

Legia Warsaw were hit with a £70,000 fine after their supporters displayed a banner of a pig in a suit with the Uefa logo and a message “Because football doesn’t matter, money does”.


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