17:35  ,  May 21, 2019

UEFA: We respect decision not to go with Mkhitaryan to Baku

UEFA respects the personal decision not to go with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea to be held in Baku, UEFA press service told NEWS.am Sport.

“Working alongside Arsenal FC, UEFA sought and received assurances regarding the player’s safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country.  As a result of these guarantees, a comprehensive security plan was developed and given to the club.  While the club acknowledges the efforts that UEFA and the Azeri government have gone to in this matter, we respect the personal decision not to travel with the player,” the statement said.

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not take part in the Europa League final against Chelsea, which will be held on May 29 in Baku, Arsenal press service reported. 

“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.We have written to Uefa expressing our deep concerns about this situation. Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective,” the statement said.

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