There are ‘no problems by any means’ to forestall Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from travelling to Baku for the Europa League ultimate in opposition to Chelsea, Azerbaijan’s UK ambassador has advised talkSPORT.
Tahir Taghizade insists the Armenia captain’s private protection has been ‘assured’ and has instructed the Gunners superstar is in truth creating a political commentary via no longer participating within the fit.
The similar political tensions noticed him skip the Gunners’ conflict in opposition to Qarabag in Baku previous this season, whilst in addition they averted him from enjoying for Borussia Dortmund in a Europa League sport in opposition to Gabala – in northern Azerbaijan – in October 2015.
In a commentary, the Gunners stated: “We’ve completely explored all of the choices for Micki to be a part of the squad however after discussing this with Micki and his circle of relatives we now have jointly agreed he may not be in our travelling celebration.”
However Taghizade advised talkSPORT on Wednesday that Azerbaijani officers have given the membership and participant each assurance over his protection.
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“Clearly that’s his resolution – his, his circle of relatives’s and the membership’s – however we’re disenchanted in it.
“We did our upmost to guarantee his protection can be assured and the security of anyone travelling to Baku, in addition to the lovers, staff crews and different avid gamers.”
There’s a recommendation Mkhitaryan might be making a private political commentary via no longer travelling to Baku, reasonably than having authentic issues for his protection.
Azerbaijan and the midfielder’s local Armenia stay in war and the area of Nagorno-Karabakh – which sits inside Azerbaijan’s geographical borders – remains to be disputed between the 2 neighbouring countries.
And Taghizade believes this can be the actual explanation why in the back of Mkhitaryan’s option to steer clear of the Azerbaijani capital.
He stated: “Do I feel he’s creating a political commentary? I’m afraid so.
“Truthfully, there’s a worry right here that what Mkhitaryan has executed isn’t hooked up to his ethnicity or anything else he’s doing as a professional footballer, however there is a matter.
“He has visited Nagorno-Karabakh, an occupied portion of Azerbaijan, at least one time and that was once an unsanctioned talk over with.
“The ones individuals are generally black-listed in Azerbaijan, because of this they aren’t ready to get a visa or trip to Azerbaijan.
“However on this case, Mkhitaryan’s case has been settled and there’s no factor by any means.
“There’s completely no downside for Azerbaijan to obtain Mkhitaryan and to supply for his bodily security and safety. His bodily protection is confident via each phrase I say.
“It’s in the end his resolution, but when we’re searching for causes to justify a call that perhaps longer within the making, that’s one thing other.”
Taghizade has additionally insisted he’s able and prepared to speak to Arsenal and Mkhitaryan in my view to allay their fears for protection and inspire the Gunners superstar to trip for the cup ultimate.
“Completely I’d communicate to them, at any second,” he added.
“If there’s any touch I’d be overjoyed to try this. If there’s any probability of assuaging his issues and doubts which might be overshadowing his resolution making, I’d be overjoyed.
“I feel this will probably be a super birthday celebration of a super sport. I haven’t any canine on this combat as a result of I’m neither partial to Chelsea nor Arsenal, however it’s going to be a super birthday celebration and I feel his participation can simplest make it shine brighter.”
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