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Arsenal fans encouraged to follow Foreign Office advice on Moscow trip

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 March 2018

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends a diving header wide in the Europa League match between Arsenal and A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, North London. Picture: Danny Loo

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sends a diving header wide in the Europa League match between Arsenal and A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, North London. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2018

Arsenal have encouraged supporters to follow advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after they were drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.

The ties come at a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the British government and the Kremlin over the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in Salisbury.

The Gunners will host the first leg of the quarter-final tie on April 5 before travelling to the Russian capital on April 12 for the return game.

A statement on Arsenal’s website read: “Supporters planning to go to our Europa League quarter-final away to CSKA Moscow on Thursday, April 12 should be aware of the following travel advice, from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

“Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time; you’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments.

“While the British Embassy in Moscow is not aware of any increased difficulties for British people travelling in Russia at this time, you should follow the security and political situation closely and keep up to date with this travel advice.”

A leading fan group has promised to liaise closely with the club ahead of what Arsenal Independent Supporters Association chair Lois Langton labelled a “hot potato” of a draw.

“AISA will work with the club to help ensure the safety of those supporters who do plan to travel to Moscow,” she told Press Association Sport.

“It’s a hot potato of a draw in view of the political stand-off between the UK and Russia at present although no doubt it will inject some hype and tension into this season’s Europa League.

“It probably isn’t going to be the destination of choice for many supporters and the Foreign Office travel advice will need to be listened to.”

CSKA moved to calm any early concerns, with a club spokesman telling Sky Sports News: “We are happy to play Arsenal and don’t see any danger for English fans that would like to come to Moscow, we have already played against Manchester United this season in Moscow and everything went wel.”

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