This season’s Europa League final is set to turn into a farce with both Arsenal and Chelsea only taking up part of their tiny allocation for the showpiece game in Baku.
After being allocated around 6000 tickets each for the near 70,000 capacity Olympic Stadium, both sides are reported to be returning around 3000, according to the Daily Mirror.

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - AUGUST 16: Supporters of Rangers FC cheer for their team during the 2nd Leg football match between NK Maribor and Rangers FC in 3rd Qualifying Round of UEFA Europa League 2018/19, on August 16, 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia.
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A variety of excuses have been offered up by both sets of fans including the difficulty in getting to Baku and, bizarrely, the low number of tickets each side was given.

Yet, had Rangers made it to Baku, there’s little doubt that the tickets would have been like gold dust.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 13: fans of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between Rapid Wien and Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
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A few weeks to organise a trip across to continent? No problem.

Just look at the Europa League qualifiers at the start of the season.
Rangers faced trips to the likes of Osijek in Croatia and Shkupi in Macedonia on even less notice and with far fewer transport options.
By the time the game kicked off, thousands of Bears had made it by plane, train and automobile to some of the most obscure locations the Gers have ever played European football.

And that was for first and second round qualifiers.
Imagine it was the final?
12,000 tickets simply wouldn’t have been enough to satisfy the demand from Rangers fans.

Whether it’s in Baku, Bridgeton or Barcelona, there would be thousands making the trip by whatever method necessary to see their club in a European final.
With the Premier League constantly crowing itself as the best-supported league in the world, the fact that two of its biggest clubs can’t sell 12,000 between them for a European final is utterly laughable.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 13: fans of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between Rapid Wien and Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
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Chelsea and Arsenal might want to think they are big clubs but the reality is, they’re nothing but rich clubs pretending to be big clubs.
Rangers might lack the oil tycoon bankrolling the club or the American billionaire wanting to play at soccer club owner  but both Arsenal and Chelsea lack one massive thing that’s needed to be a truly great club – a fanbase that will follow their team to all four corners of the earth even if it means making a 36-hour trip to get somewhere you can fly to in 12.
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