Mikhitarayan situation

Earl of Leven

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#1
I am surprised UEFA are allowing this...he is effectively banned from Azerbaijan due to his nationality.

Arsenal and UEFA have just accepted this it seems.

Will the Azeri FA be fined?

It seems very odd that there is such a casual acceptance.
 

Valley Bluenose

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#9
If your not allowed in the country then you are not allowed sport is no exception
Then its for UEFA to sort it out. Either the player is allowed to play or the final is moved. It's a ridiculous situation.

Hypothetically, what if Spain, for example, said we are not letting Egyptian or South Korean's into the country any longer so Salah and Son will have to miss the CL Final. Its bollocks and UEFA should be flexing their muscles.
 

KGR98

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#16
Then its for UEFA to sort it out. Either the player is allowed to play or the final is moved. It's a ridiculous situation.

Hypothetically, what if Spain, for example, said we are not letting Egyptian or South Korean's into the country any longer so Salah and Son will have to miss the CL Final. Its bollocks and UEFA should be flexing their muscles.
Unfortunately these Political matters will take precident over any sporting advantage or disadvantage +changing the location at such short notice would also be a huge problem for fans who have arranged travel and accommodation amongst other things
 

Valley Bluenose

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#19
Unfortunately these Political matters will take precident over any sporting advantage or disadvantage +changing the location at such short notice would also be a huge problem for fans who have arranged travel and accommodation amongst other things
So, as @Earl of Leven has pointed out, why select countries with such political influences to stage the final? Would we have had the World Cup in Russia if they'd said they wouldn't let any British players in because Putin wisnae happy?
 

Paisleyprod

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#20
Unfortunately these Political matters will take precident over any sporting advantage or disadvantage +changing the location at such short notice would also be a huge problem for fans who have arranged travel and accommodation amongst other things
They shouldn't have been awarded it full stop.

The finalists were always going to be from England, Spain, Germany, Italy etc madness.

Brown envelopes probably
 

KGR98

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#21
So, as @Earl of Leven has pointed out, why select countries with such political influences to stage the final? Would we have had the World Cup in Russia if they'd said they wouldn't let any British players in because Putin wisnae happy?
It's down to whoever pays the most when the bank balance is improved then morals and rights go out the window with UEFA
 

Valley Bluenose

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#22
It's down to whoever pays the most when the bank balance is improved then morals and rights go out the window with UEFA
If we'd made it to the final only to be told one of our players wouldn't be allowed into the country this place would have been going mental. You included.;)
 

Craigie

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#24
Then its for UEFA to sort it out. Either the player is allowed to play or the final is moved. It's a ridiculous situation.

Hypothetically, what if Spain, for example, said we are not letting Egyptian or South Korean's into the country any longer so Salah and Son will have to miss the CL Final. Its bollocks and UEFA should be flexing their muscles.
I thought UEFA had already said that they would sort it out?
 

KGR98

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#26
If we'd made it to the final only to be told one of our players wouldn't be allowed into the country this place would have been going mental. You included.;)
Obviously I wouldn't be happy it's not as if I agree with Mikhitarayan missing the final due to it but UEFA won't give a rats arse who plays and who doesnt as they have got their paycheck
 

waltersgotstyle

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#28
Then its for UEFA to sort it out. Either the player is allowed to play or the final is moved. It's a ridiculous situation.

Hypothetically, what if Spain, for example, said we are not letting Egyptian or South Korean's into the country any longer so Salah and Son will have to miss the CL Final. Its bollocks and UEFA should be flexing their muscles.
What muscles? This is a long standing political situation. UEFA should have considered this possibility before awarding them the final.
 
#35
UEFA are quick to threaten sanctions against teams when they're thought to be subject to government interference. Surprised to see them take a back seat on this one, both UEFA, and Arsenal should be making more of it all.
 

Mexi

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#38
Good question but you can't predict these things like having an Armenian in the final + was probably part of UEFA trying to give something to smaller footballing nations
They banned Yugoslavia from the Euros easily enough

A bit of due diligence and this would have been avoided
 

Big D

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#40
Good question but you can't predict these things like having an Armenian in the final + was probably part of UEFA trying to give something to smaller footballing nations
It should be a fundamental requirement that any country wishing to bid for a European final, or have their clubs enter European competition for that matter, needs to accept and allow the participation of any player who is eligible to play. No exceptions.
 

Tpol_rfc

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#43
Azerbaijan and Armenia still have border skirmishes, if they don't want to allow people from a warring nation in I couldn't really care less.
You're clearly and thankfully in then minority then. The situation is a complete joke. Imagine it was us and we were deprived of one of our best players due to the match being played in a shithole.
 
#45
Arsenal should refuse to play. Chelsea should back them up by refusing. The FA should back them both up by saying move the game. If UEFA can't find an alternative, offer Wembley (or Spurs stadium if Wembley is not an option).

If UEFA refuse, the FA tell them they can forget about having Liverpool and Spurs playing in Madrid.
 

aghalee_hero

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#47
You're clearly and thankfully in then minority then. The situation is a complete joke. Imagine it was us and we were deprived of one of our best players due to the match being played in a shithole.
It's far from a shit hole to be honest, but I'm sure you know better.
 

Gallant_Few

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#48
Countries like this should not be allowed to host finals it's as simple as that.

I know it's a long shot (a very very very long shot) but what would have happened had an Armenian team reached the final?
 
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