& # 39; I think they just decided to keep them & # 39 ;: Azerbaijani FA leader blames empty seats on Europa League fans for not returning their tickets after the semi-final turn to Chelsea
- The Azerbaijani FA blamed the fans of Frankfurt for the number of empty places in Baku
- An official turnout of 51,370 was recorded for Chelsea's 4-1 win over Arsenal
- However, there were huge numbers of empty seats in the Baku Olympic Stadium
- Frankfurt fans bought tickets for their semi-final exit on penalties at Chelsea
The Azerbaijani FA have blamed Eintracht Frankfurt fans for the number of unsold places in the Europa League final at the Baku Olympic Stadium.
An official turnout of 51,370 was recorded for Chelsea's 4-1 win over Arsenal, about 10,000 lower than the 62,000 capacity for the game – reduced from 67,800 for regular games.
Experts, including Cesc Fabregas and Eidur Gudjohnsen, criticized the lack of atmosphere in the arena, but the general secretary of Azerbaijan FA, Elkhan Mammadov, maintained that he was satisfied with the turnout.
The Azerbaijani FA blamed the fans of Frankfurt for the empty places in the final of the Europa League
It is believed that Frankfurt fans bought tickets in March before leaving the semi-final
He told Sportsmail: & # 39; We are very positive about the number of foreign tourists, not only from London, but also about international supporters from Arsenal and Chelsea traveling to Baku.
& # 39; The majority of the empty seats were fans from Frankfurt who had bought the tickets earlier but did not reach the final.
& # 39; We are not disappointed at all that it was not sold out. & # 39;
The first round of tickets for the final went out in March, while the tournament was still in the quarter-final phase, and Mammadov believes that the Frankfurt supporters – who have eliminated their Chelsea team in the semi-final – bought tickets in this phase and did not sell them.
He added: & I think they have just decided to keep the ticket. Maybe they just decided not to send them back to UEFA. & # 39;
Mammadov estimated a split of 30,000 foreign fans and 22,000 locals in the ground, and also pointed to the atmosphere in the construction.
He said: & # 39; In the city it was a real party, it was just like the streets of London before the kick-off. It was a good audience by fans of Arsenal and fans of Chelsea. & # 39;
There were huge blocks of empty seats during the English affair in the capital of Azerbaijan
The FA chief also believes the entertainment prior to the game was appropriate, but admitted that they will look into ways to improve the atmosphere in the ground in the future.
He said: & # 39; In terms of entertainment we had a nice program around the stadium, the opening ceremony was very nice.
& # 39; I would not say that anything more can be done, but of course we will think about how we can facilitate more and how we can create more a festive mood. & # 39;
For Azerbaijan FA, attention is now being paid to the planning for Euro 2020, where they are scheduled for four games over 21 days.
The event also faced controversy after Arsenal and the star of Armenia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, had to miss the game due to political tensions, but Mammadov was pleased that Baku did a good job despite criticism.
He added: & # 39; That was also a very good test for us, we have tested all the transport and the organization and we will analyze it, but we have not had any negative reports.
& # 39; It's a big event and a national team event. This was a good indication of what Baku can do. & # 39;
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