Arsenal fans wear hazmat suits as their team is drawn to play CSKA Moscow


Blackleaf
#1
England aren't the only English team who are to play in Russia this year - that's if they don't decide to boycott the World Cup.

London giants Arsenal are to travel there on 12th April after they were yesterday drawn to play CSKA Moscow in the quarter finals of the Europa League.

Fans on social media were able to see the funny side of the tricky away trip and posted pictures suggesting Arsenal players and supporters will need chemical suits to stay safe...

Arsenal face CSKA Moscow in Europa League quarter-final amid political tension over Russian spy nerve agent attack (and fans react with memes about the chemical suits they'll have to wear)


Arsenal drawn against Russian side CSKA Moscow in Europa League last eight

Home Office currently warns Brits travelling to Russia of the 'possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment' amid tension over recent nerve agent attack

Britain blame Russia for attack on spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia Skripal

The first leg to be played on April 5 with the return leg scheduled for April 12

By Alex Martin For Mailonline
17 March 2018

Arsenal face a daunting trip to the Russian capital after being drawn against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final.

The Gunners will be heavy favourites for the tie, but the draw could be problematic for travelling fans due to the ongoing political crisis between the two countries.

The hospitalisation of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter after they were found seriously ill in Salisbury has since been blamed on Russia by Prime Minister Theresa May, escalating into an international incident in recent days.

Yet fans on social media were able to see the funny side of the tricky away trip and posted pictures suggesting Arsenal players and supporters will need chemical suits to stay safe.


Arsenal fans were quick to see the funny side after their club was drawn against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League meaning a trip to the Russian capital amid the spy poisoning scandal




Observers were quick to make light of a potentially delicate situation on social media


Arsenal will host the Russian outfit at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday April 5 before the return leg on April 12, but the game could come under an unwanted spotlight due to the ongoing political spat between the two countries.

Theresa May has formally accused Russia of planning the attack on spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in Salisbury. She responded by expelling 23 of its diplomats, whom the UK accuse of acting as spies, and is discussing further sanctions.

Russia's refusal to accept responsibility or offer an explanation as to how their Novichok nerve agent came to be used on British soil has heightened tensions to levels not seen since the Soviet era.

The Football Association have already held high-level meetings over the possibility of withdrawing from this summer's World Cup as the safety of players and travelling fans becomes a concern. It has already been announced that royal dignitaries and diplomats will not attend.

The Home Office does not currently advise against travel to Russia but says English tourists must be vigilant to the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment, and says to avoid commenting on the nerve attack in public.


Arsenal were drawn against Russian side CSKA Moscow in Friday's Europa League quarter finals draw



French former football player for Barcelona and Lyon Eric Abidal shows the slip of Arsenal



Parts of Salisbury remain locked down as police and military investigate the nerve attack



A Zizzi restaurant remains closed as investigations continue into the attack on Sergei Skripal


A police cordon remains in place at the road of the home of the Russian former spy


Home Office advice for travel to Russia


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 publically 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.

Coincidentally, the Emirates Stadium became embroiled in the last Russian attack on British soil after Andrei Lugovoi attended their Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow after allegedly slipping polonium in the tea of Alexander Litvinenko.

Traces of the radioactive material were later found at Arsenal's stadium.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid will play Sporting Lisbon, RB Leipzig face Marseille and Rome club Lazio come up against Salzburg.

Arsenal breezed into the final eight with a 5-1 aggregate victory over AC Milan, which has helped to install them as one of the favourites to lift their first Europa League crown. CSKA Moscow had to rely on away goals to knock French side Lyon out.

Atletico Madrid are, however, available at the shortest odds after scoring eight goals past Lokomotiv Moscow over two legs including a 5-1 drubbing in Russia on Thursday evening.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund were shocked by Austrian side Salzburg while Marseille came through a closely contested tie against Athletic Bilbao. RB Leipzig edged Zenit St Petersburg by a single goal on aggregate.

Sporting Lisbon needed extra time to knock out plucky Viktoria Plzen and Lazio completed the quarter-final line up by beating Dynamo Kiev.

Europa League: Quarter-final draw

RB Leipzig vs Marseille
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon
Lazio vs Salzburg

First legs to be played on April 5 and return legs on April 12


Arsenal qualified for the Europa League quarter-finals with a dominant 3-1 second leg win over AC Milan, to win 5-1 on aggregate


Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal secured a 5-1 aggregate win over the Italian outfit

Arsenal face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final | Daily Mail Online
Last edited by Blackleaf; Mar 17th, 2018 at 06:02 AM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
#2
Now THAT'S funny. And effective. Putin hates to be mocked.
 
Curious Cdn
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Now THAT'S funny. And effective. Putin hates to be mocked.

Fans should turn up for the World Cup dressed like that ... you'd get a free tour of the Siberian railroad system thrown in, to boot!
 
Blackleaf
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Fans should turn up for the World Cup dressed like that ... you'd get a free tour of the Siberian railroad system thrown in, to boot!

I don't think Britain would take too kindly to some of its innocent citizens being thrown in a gulag.