Fireworks explode above the Baku Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2015 European Games. Arsenal and Chelsea are both unhappy with the selection of Baku as host city for the final of the Europa League. Photo: AP
Simon Chadwick
Opinion

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Simon Chadwick

Baku in the big league: Arsenal and Chelsea supporters caught up in Uefa playing politics with Azerbaijan

  • Chelsea and Arsenal will contest the Uefa Europa League final in the Azerbaijan capital
  • Supporters of both clubs are forced to embark on epic journeys to see their clubs

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Fireworks explode above the Baku Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2015 European Games. Arsenal and Chelsea are both unhappy with the selection of Baku as host city for the final of the Europa League. Photo: AP
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Simon Chadwick

Simon Chadwick

Simon Chadwick is a Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University in the UK, where he is also a member of the Centre for Sports Business.

Paul Widdop

Paul Widdop

Dr Paul Widdop is a cultural networks analyst at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. He is also co-founder of The Football Collective and research editor of Connect Sport.