EUROPA LEAGUE

UEFA investigate why fans let in for free during Europa League final

UEFA investigate why fans let in for free during Europa League final

MAXIM SHEMETOV

REUTERS

The Azerbaijan Football Association decided to open the turnstiles at the Europa League final in an effort to fill up the Olympic Stadium in Baku.

UEFA are currently investigating why fans and locals were let in for free midway through the Europa League final in Baku's Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night according to the Independent.

Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in front of a reported 51,370 on the night, which is well below the official capacity of the stadium of 62,000. It was also 7,000 less than the 58,000 who watched the group stage game between Qarabag and eventual finalists Arsenal.

Fans of Chelsea and Arsenal started to notice that large areas of the ground were filling up after kick-off. The Azerbaijan Football Association decided to fill the stadium with whoever wanted to wander in to make the stadium look fuller and UEFA are said to be unhappy.

UEFA criticised for choice of Europa League final venue

UEFA were criticised for their choice of venue given the fact that it is a 10,000 kilometre round trip from London with expensive tickets eading to many fans missing out. It was even likened to a preseason friendly on social media.

Arsenal were without their creative midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, because UEFA could not guarantee the player's safety due to hostile relations between Armenia, his home country, and the host country.

There were also reports of sound noise being pumped into the stadium in an effort to add to the atmosphere.