Saturday, 23 March, 2019

London's Arsenal to play with Azerbaijani "Karabakh" in UEFA Champions League

Arsenal boss slaps players with bizarre ban Burnley Run Out Of Europa Juice As Gers Advance
Jennie Wade | 17 September, 2018, 12:47

Some potentially tricky games are compounded by questions over Mkhitaryan's availability for the trip to Azerbaijan, which is also hosting the Europa League final in the capital of Baku.

Arsenal were handed a seemingly easier task against Sporting Lisbon, Azerbaijani club Qarabag and Vorskla of Ukraine.

There has been diplomatic tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory, with a ceasefire declared in 1994 after fighting erupted several years earlier.

"It is a standard procedure for UEFA to send letters of support to associations, clubs or embassies in order to obtain visa for players in order to be able to travel to another country and play in UEFA competition matches", the governing body said.

Chelsea are back in the Europa League for the first time since they won the competition in 2013. "We will be looking into this situation, talk to the player and make a decision after that".

Rapid Vienna came through two rounds of Europa League qualifiers, securing their spot with a 4-3 aggregate win against Steaua Bucharest, while Spartak dropped into the Europa League after losing to PAOK in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

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PAOK finished as runner-ups to AEK Athens in Greece last season, but they fell into the Europa League after losing a Champions League play-off to Benfica.

Leipzig and Salzburg were paired in Group B of Europe's second-string club competition alongside Scottish champions Celtic and Norwegian side Trondheim. The club spent more than $200 million on players previous year under new Chinese owners and failed to comply with UEFA rules monitoring transfer fees and wages.

Rangers, managed by former Champions League victor Sveven Gerrard, enjoyed better fortunes among the British contingent when they advanced 2-1 on aggregate after holding Russian side FC Ufa to a 1-1 away draw despite ending the contest with nine men.

Steven Gerrard's men will return to Russian Federation to face Spartak Moscow in Group G, which also contains La Liga side Villarreal and Austrian's Rapid Vienna.

Steven Gerrard's men overcame Shkupi, Osijek and Maribor, before seeing off Ufa in the play-offs.

The first group games will played on September 20.

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