UEFA could reverse Arsenal's quarter-final fixtures again
- Arsenal have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
- The draw will take place on Friday, March 15 at midday (UK time).
- The Gunners fixtures against Rennes have been reversed which caused discontent among fans.
According to an official statement from UEFA, Arsenal's fixtures against their yet unknown quarter-final opponent could be reversed. A similar situation occurred about a month ago when Arsenal were drawn against Rennes. However, that time UEFA did not warn the fans.
#UEFA saying that have contacted the local authorities in London who said that #Arsenal and Chelsea can’t play their #UEL games at home at the same time... so why do they let it happen in the prem or in the cups on a regular basis 🤔— C h a r l e y (@Charleyy_Louise) March 15, 2019
At the time, the decision caused outrage among both Arsenal's and Rennes' fanbases as people had already bought train and plane tickets when UEFA suddenly changed the result of the draw.
The fixtures will be changed if Arsenal and Chelsea are both drawn to play home on the same week.
"Following a decision made by the relevant local authorities, Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC cannot play at home on the same night. Should both clubs be drawn within the same sequence (home or away), the team having the lower priority – in this case Arsenal FC because Chelsea FC won the FA Cup - will be reversed in accordance with the Uefa Club Competitions Committee principles."
🎉 UEFA Europa League LAST 8 🎉— Vincent Atta Mensah (@VincentLucho) March 15, 2019
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Some fans have been quite vocal, saying that by doing this, UEFA is hindering the integrity of the draw itself.
The quarter-final and semi-final draw for the Europa League will take place on Friday, March 15 in UEFA headquarters Nyon, Switzerland at midday (UK time).