Chelsea & Arsenal will only have a combined 6,000 fans at the Europa League final in Baku

Only 6,000 English fans will make the trip to Baku

Hosting the Europa League final in Azerbaijan has brought up a number of problems.

The final will be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium - a 68,700 stadium.

Despite the large capacity, Chelsea and Arsenal were given just 6,000 tickets each.

However, both clubs have been unable to sell their full allocation.

Both sets of fans have been put off for a number of reasons.

It would cost fans north of £1,000 when flights and accommodation is put together. To make matters worse, there are no direct flights to Baku.

As a result, both clubs have struggled to sell tickets.

The two London clubs have tried their best, even chartering two planes each through travel partner Thomas Cook Football.

Arsenal even resorted to calling up their fans and trying to sell them tickets.

Unai Emery and his players prepare for the Europa League final

But that hasn't been enough. The deadline has now passed to buy tickets through their clubs.

According to Sky Sports, 4,000 Arsenal fans are expected to make the trip, while Chelsea have sold just 2,000.

The two clubs have now sent back the rest of the unsold tickets to UEFA, meaning it's likely that just 6,000 English fans will make the trip.

Shocking. The Europa League final is meant to be a special and important event.

Chelsea players train ahead of the Europa League final

But the lack of fans from both clubs mean that the occasion has been somewhat spoiled.

Meanwhile, an Arsenal fan has created a petition to try and force UEFA to change the venue from Baku to Wembley.

"This decision by UEFA is one that unabashedly prioritises profit over the sanctity of the beautiful game and the safety of its players; and while recognisably unrealistic, this petition calls for UEFA to recognise the nefarious effects of their decision and sanction to move the final from Baku to London's Wembley Stadium.

"By signing this petition, you will be taking a stand in solidarity with the fans of Arsenal and Chelsea, Mkhitaryan, and the game of football itself. #BoycottBaku."

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