Chelsea supporters are angry with the club’s silence over the issues affecting fans wishing to travel to Baku for the Europa League final.

The Europa League trophy is displayed ahead of the competition's quarter-finals draw, on March 15, 2019 in Nyon. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
The Europa League trophy is displayed ahead of the competition’s quarter-finals draw, on March 15, 2019 in Nyon. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

While Arsenal have issued a few weak statements, Chelsea have remained relatively quiet on the issue. Had things been the other way around I would be demanding that Arsenal speak out in defence of the Chelsea player unable to play, at the very least, but it seems Chelsea have been reluctant to even back their own fans.

At the time of writing, Chelsea have shifted less than 50% of the 6,000 tickets given to them while disabled supporters of both clubs have just given up trying to attend the match, such are the problems with accessibility.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust contacted the club with several suggestions to improve matters, but they claim they were ignored.

A statement said: “We are extremely disappointed that Chelsea have been unable or unwilling to help supporters overcome the travel, expense and logistics in order for them to support the team in a European final. We suggested a subsidy for travelling supporters, having calculated the negligible financial impact on the club, given revenue earned from the competition.

“This is pertinent considering that Thomas Cook is charging an extortionate £979 for the official package for the day trip to Baku.

“The lack of a statement from Chelsea is disappointing. Arsenal issued a statement expressing frustration and disappointment on behalf of their supporters.”

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