Tahir Taghizade insists the trade proven on a viral social media publish forward of the Europa League last was ‘amicable on either side’
Arsenal followers carrying Henrikh Mkhitaryan shirts on the streets of Baku have been stopped by police for their very own security, the Azerbaijan ambassador to the UK advised talkSPORT.
The police drive within the Azerbaijani capital have been criticised for his or her obvious poor remedy of some supporters within the build-up to Wednesday’s Europa League final against Chelsea.
Complaints poured in over social media after a video was posted online showing officers stopping two fans who wore Arsenal shirts with Mkhitaryan printed on the again.
It led to ideas the police are actively making an attempt to get Mkhitaryan shirts off the streets after the Armenian midfielder refused to travel to Azerbaijan for the match.
However Tahir Taghizade insisted the trade was good-natured and supporters have been solely stopped for a short dialogue with the police about their security.
Talking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Wednesday morning, the ambassador defined: “There are two variations of this video.
“There’s an edited model once they method them, and there’s a full model the place they method them, chat with them for ten seconds and make a few calls on their radios after which allow them to go.
“It was fairly amicable on either side.
“The regulation enforcement officers have been simply making an attempt to verify no one approaches these folks, as a result of the feelings are there they usually wished to verify these individuals are secure.
“I don’t suppose there was any incidents up to now and hopefully there will probably be none.”
Requested, then, if Arsenal followers in Baku are at liberty to put on Mkhitaryan shirts in Baku, he replied: “Completely!
“Something that doesn’t violate the legal guidelines and regular guidelines of human behaviour I feel is welcome in Baku.”
Mkhitaryan has not travelled with the Arsenal squad and can play no half within the last in Baku as a result of battle and political tensions between Azerbaijan and his home country of Armenia.
The Gunners launched an announcement explaining that the midfielder felt uncomfortable about making the journey, though Taghizade previously told talkSPORT there have been ‘no points in any way’ to stop him from enjoying within the last.
UEFA have confronted heavy criticism for his or her choice to host the Europa League last in Azerbaijan, they usually have additionally been slammed after it emerged that they had blocked Arsenal’s plans to indicate help to Mkhitaryan within the build-up of the sport.
They can not, nevertheless, cease supporters from paying tribute to their absent star.
However, in response to the suggestion some followers could intentionally put on the Armenian star’s shirt to fire up bother in Baku, Taghizade added: “It’s true there may be nonetheless battle [between Armenia and Azerbaijan].
“However regardless of the causes are, if the provocations are restricted to carrying Mkhitaryan shirts, so be it.
“Hopefully this will probably be okay and up to now it has been OK, except it doesn’t go any additional.
“I do hope it won’t go any additional. I hope there will probably be no bodily altercations between the 2 golf equipment and, from what I hear, the regulation enforcement will probably be doing their utmost to be as tactful and unimposing as attainable.”