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UEFA works on better Europa deals for Arsenal, Chelsea fans

May 17, 2019
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 file photo, fireworks explode above the Baku Olympic stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, during the closing ceremony of the 2015 European Games. Arsenal says the choice of Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the Europa League final has caused “unacceptable” and “extreme” travel problems for fans. Arsenal and Chelsea have been given just 6,000 tickets each by UEFA for the May 29, 2019 game, in a stadium with a capacity of 68,700. Arsenal says even those tickets may not sell out because of the difficulty of getting to Azerbaijan. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it’s working “to help find cheaper solutions” for Arsenal and Chelsea fans going to the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.

Fans of the English clubs have criticized their limited flight and hotel options for the May 29 game in Baku.

Return tickets cost around 1,000 pounds ($1,275) on the few charter flights offered from London.

In a letter to Arsenal , UEFA says it’s “really sorry for the problems” and “would welcome a joint effort with your club.”

The reply followed Arsenal publicly questioning how UEFA came to choose Baku, which is a 5 ½-hour flight direct from London.

In September 2017, Arsenal’s then-CEO Ivan Gazidis was a member of UEFA’s executive committee when it picked Baku over Istanbul.

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