Michael van Praag has fiercely bitten off after the criticism he got on a two prior to the Europa League final on Wednesday between Chelsea and Arsenal (4-1).
The chairman of the BOARD and member of the board of the European football federation UEFA sent more than an hour before kick-off via Twitter, a photo of the stadium in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, to the world. ‘Impressive’ was the accompanying text.
The two caused a stream of negative reactions. Many people pointed to the many empty seats in the stadium and on the political situation in Azerbaijan, leading to a more critical attitude of Prague, his place would have been.
“The tweet from the stadium is of one hour and nineteen minutes before the race,” responds Prague Thursday through the same social medium. “Of course it is still empty.”
“Yes, it is an impressive stadium. Can I find it? If Max Verstappen Formula 1, driving in Baku, you hear no one. If the UEFA there organizes something is wrong and I ridiculed it. The pinnacle of hypocrisy.”
Tweet stadium Baku 19.41 Ned time is 1 hour 19 min before match. Of course, so still empty. Yes Impressive stadium. Can I find it? If Max Verstappen F1 in Baku is driving you hear no one. If UEFA there organizes something is wrong and I ridiculed it. The pinnacle of hypocrisy.
AvatarAuteurMichaelvanPraagMoment of plaatsen15:35 – may 30, 2019
“In Azerbaijan, people also of football.”
The choice of Baku as a venue did in the run-up to the finals already raised some dust. Both Arsenal as Chelsea received the UEFA only 6,000 tickets, waardoord the chairs mostly occupied by sponsors. The journey appeared to be for a lot of the supporters are simply too expensive or too difficult, because there is little in Baku flown.
Also had Arsenal to do without Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian remained because of a political conflict between his motherland and Azerbaijan, for security reasons behind in London.
In spite of the problems, according to Prague a wrong signal to no finals to allocate to non-traditional football countries. “And then a little about Baku. In Azerbaijan also live people. And who also love football”, he reacted against The Telegraph.
“This country is a UEFA member and has just as many rights as the Netherlands. The organisation of finals is not exclusive to Western Europe or England, Spain and Germany if you want.”