Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan

LONDON: Baku will host the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea on 29 May. But it has clearly not gone down well with the UK media, which has indulged in dog-whistle politics around the matter ever since it was confirmed that two British clubs would be contesting the finals.

It started with much bemoaning around the distance the fans would have to travel, and the latest bone that is being picked is around the decision of Arsenal's Armenian player Henrikh Mkhitaryan not to travel with the team for the final, citing security concerns.