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‘Should we provide F16s?’ Azerbaijan says it has done everything to protect Henrikh Mkhitaryan

‘Should we provide F16s?’ Azerbaijan says it has done everything to protect Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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26 May 2019 - 2:37

Mkhitaryan tweeted earlier this week that, “It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home @Arsenal.”View image on Twitter

That decision was taken despite European football governing body UEFA’s “guarantees” — after speaking to “the highest authorities in the country” — that the player would be safe.On Thursday, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Azad Rahimov, told CNN Sport that there is nothing more his country can do to allay Mkhitaryan’s fears given the Azeri government provided more written assurances than on any previous occasion for an athlete entering the country.”More?” Rahimov said when questioned by CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies. “What do you mean when you say more? More than a guarantee? More than 100%? Our feeling and our understanding about the security, we did all that. What more could we do?”We can send a private jet for him? Accompanied by two F16 Fighting Falcons … a navy machine? I don’t know what more we could do.””UEFA and Arsenal received all possible and not possible documentation. From my personal side, I sent a letter and signed the letter with a guarantee from the government, also from the Azerbaijan Football Federation, also from all the government states in charge for security.”

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