Maurizio Sarri’s future at Chelsea may be up in the air, but the Italian insists it does not hinge on winning next week’s Europa League final.
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will discuss his future with the club following the Europa League final against Arsenal as he wants “to know if they are happy” with him.
Amnesty International has increased the pressure on European football’s governing body UEFA by saying Azerbaijan must not be allowed to “sportswash its appalling human rights record” by staging high-profile football matches.
Arsenal plan to meet with UEFA to express their fury after Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided against playing in the Europa League final over security fears.
Unai Emery respects the “personal” nature of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision not to play in the Europa League final but concedes it is “bad news” for his Arsenal side.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be involved in the Europa League final after Arsenal confirmed he would not travel with the squad.
UEFA has defended the decision to award Baku the 2019 Europa League final, but vowed to work with Arsenal and Chelsea to help get their fans to the match.
UEFA has called for a “joint effort” with Arsenal to help fans get to the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku.
Arsenal are liaising with the Foreign Office after it emerged season-ticket holders with dual British and Armenian citizenship have been denied visas to travel to Baku for the Europa League final.
Arsenal and Chelsea ‘complicit in fleecing fans’ ahead of Europa League final, say supporters’ trusts
Arsenal and Chelsea fans have joined forces to criticise UEFA and their own clubs over ticket arrangements for the Europa League final in Baku later this month.
UEFA has defended the allocation of tickets for the Europa League final in Baku, claiming it would not be responsible to issue Chelsea and Arsenal fans more than 6,000 each.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has moved to reassure Chelsea fans Maurizio Sarri was right to substitute him in the Europa League semi-final scrap with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have joined forces with supporters’ clubs at Liverpool and Tottenham to condemn profiteering and ticket issues ahead of their Champions League final.
Arsenal admit they are “hugely concerned” about playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan potentially missing the Europa League final against Chelsea because of the continuing tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Liverpool and Tottenham supporter trusts have united to condemn profiteering by hotels and travel companies as well as ticket allocation and cost issues ahead of their Champions League final.
Alexandre Lacazette believes Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has taken the club to the “next step” – even if they fail to beat rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final.
Football fans face a scramble for tickets for the Champions and Europa League finals after English teams completed a clean sweep of the continent’s top two competitions.
Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea “deserve” to win the Europa League at the conclusion of what has threatened to be such a difficult season.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery hailed his “amazing” strikeforce as a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick and an Alexandre Lacazette goal set up a Europa League final against Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Eden Hazard fired Chelsea into an all-English Europa League final against Arsenal with perhaps his last-ever kick at Stamford Bridge.