Arsenal supporters wearing Henrikh Mkhitaryan shirts are advised against by the police in Baku for the final confrontation of the Europa League with Chelsea
- The Baku police were filmed and stopped Arsenal fans with Henrikh Mkhitaryan shirts
- The Armenian star refused to travel to Azerbaijan because of the fear of his safety
- Arsenal takes on Chelsea in the final of the Europa League in Baku on Wednesday
- The Gunners fans were stopped for a while by the police and then allowed to continue
The police in Baku were filmed stopping Arsenal supporters wearing shirts named Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the back.
The Armenian star refused to travel to Azerbaijan for tomorrow's Europa League final because of the fear of his safety.
UEFA and Azerbaijani FA have assured that the safety of Mkhitaryan can be guaranteed, but there are images of supporters of Gunners who are arrested by the police because they were only wearing his shirts.
The police in Baku were filmed and stopped Arsenal supporters with Henrikh Mkhitaryan shirts
The Azerbaijani police policeman stopped an otherwise unconscious Arsenal fan in the street
The officer fooled the two perplex supporters and called for more information
After a while, more police officers arrive and the fans can continue
The video, filmed by SNTV and posted on Twitter, it seems to indicate that Arsenal fans are being stopped by a police officer who is stopping their progress for a while.
He waits for further instructions and finally lets the fans through without further obstacles.
The Gunners were furious that one of their players thought he was unable to participate in the biggest game of their season.
Mkhitaryan is the captain of Armenia, a country stuck in a bitter territorial dispute with Azerbaijan over the controversial Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Arsenal's Managing Director, Vinai Venkatesham, told the Financial Times Business of Football Summit last week: & I find it hard to find words for how strong I feel. We find it unacceptable.
Gunners players cannot wear Mkhitaryan & # 39; s name warm-up tops in the final
# We do not feel he can travel and it is extremely sad. You don't often get the chance to play in the big European finals. Miki has taken it from him and it is an extraordinary shame.
& # 39; We clearly pointed to UEFA, we wrote it. We also sit down with them face to face after the final and express how unacceptable it is and how it can never happen again with Arsenal or anyone else. & # 39;
Gunners players were planning to wear shirts with Mkhitaryan & # 39; s name during the warm-up of the final, but, as revealed by Sportsmailare prohibited by strict UEFA rules.
But the players have insisted that they try to win the trophy for their teammate.
& # 39; Of course we are disappointed that he is not there, but I think we talked a lot about Mkhitaryan and lots of political things, and it's time to talk about football, & # 39; said Xhaka.
& # 39; He is very important to us and we want to give him a trophy tomorrow. & # 39;
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