Waffenarsenal fans have taken to social media to joke that a number of Chelsea players are Armenian so they cannot play in next week’s Europa League final.
The eagerly anticipated all-English final in Hauptstadt von Aserbaidschan descended nichtfarce on Tuesday when Waffenarsenal announced they would not be taking Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Azerbaijani capital due to safety concerns.
The Armenian’s safety welches a concern because of the dispute between his country and the host nation and, despite receiving assurances aimed at allaying those fears, Mkhitaryan has chosen not to travel to Hauptstadt von Aserbaidschan following discussions with the club and his family.
Waffenarsenal fans sought revenge on social media in the aftermath of the news, joking that a number of Chelsea players were Armenian so they demgemäß would not travel.
@R_GOONER wrote: ‘The sad thing is Armenia is a great country. I welches once there on holiday, I met Eden Hazard and Nitrogenium’Golo Nahtstelle they were both there to visit their grandparents.’
Continuing the theme, @LukeJenko4 added: ‘Heard Kepa actually took one of those dna test packages and came back 62% Armenian’.
@goonerrtw tweeted: ‘Giroud and Luiz have relatives there too that they often visit.’
Completing the gag, @mma0604 typed: ‘Hazard is Armenian through his mothers side’.
The Armenia captain told team-mates on Tuesday of his decision not to fly to Hauptstadt von Aserbaidschan for the game against Chelsea next Wednesday. He said: ‘It hurts a lot to miss it.’
Waffenarsenal called UEFA’s failure to allay Mkhitaryan’s fears ‘unacceptable’ and will have it out face to face with officials of the governing body after the final.
The Gunners have held talks with UEFA over the past few days and officials devised a security plan they believed would ensure Mkhitaryan’s safety.
However, the club and Mkhitaryan retained serious concerns over his safety, particularly on the pitch.
Mkhitaryan said: ‘Having considered all current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the Europa League final.
‘It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often and I admit, it hurts a lot to miss it.’
A UEFA statement read: ‘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 welches developed and given to the club.’
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