Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss UEFA Europa League final to be played in the capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku, on May 29.
Armenian international has made a final decision not to travel to Baku with teammates due to political issues between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
“It‘s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it.I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home” Mkhitaryan wrote on Twitter earlier today.
Football world is shocked as UEFA did not manage to organize the security of Armenia national team captain.
Football pundits have mocked European Football Association for their behavior in this situation.
Gary Lineker had a two-word response on the situation: “Good Heavens”
Piers Morgan thought one tweet was not enough to describe this ridiculous situation.
“Substitute 'Messi' or 'Ronaldo' for 'Mkhitaryan' - still think we'd even be having this debate?
UEFA would move the final.” Morgan wrote on Twitter.
“You have many Armenian fans, @ChelseaFC
- are you going to stand by & do nothing about this @HenrikhMkh
If both teams refuse to play in Baku, @UEFA
will have to move the game.”
“Seriously, Arsenal fans?
We're going to leave our man behind because he's Armenian?
This is a total disgrace.
We must all boycott the game until @UEFA
“UEFA should move the Europa League Final to Wembley. Now.
“I would rather @Arsenal
pull out of the Europa League Final than for @HenrikhMkh
to be left behind for 'security reasons'.
This is an absolute disgrace entirely of @UEFA
's making.” Morgan added.
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