2018 finalists Marseille drawn with Lazio, Frankfurt in Europa League

17 September, 2018, 12:47 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Europa League draw Arsenal face Sporting Chelsea get PAOK

The final of this season's Europa League takes place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on 29 May.

Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Vorskla of Ukraine also make up a relatively favourable group for Unai Emery's side.

Azerbaijan and Armenia are in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and relations between the countries worsened in 2016 when at least 200 people were killed in clashes for which the Azerbaijan government has prohibited any Armenians from entering the country.

This is not the first time that Mkhitaryan has found himself in this situation, with the forward left out of Borussia Dortmund's squad to play Azerbaijani club Gabala in 2015.

Two English clubs were also involved in the draw.

Arsenal added: "Safety and security of all our players and staff is always a top priority".

PAOK finished as runner-ups to AEK Athens in Greece last season, but they fell into the Europa League after losing a Champions League play-off to Benfica.

Salzburg and Leipzig, which share close ties with energy drink Red Bull, were drawn together in a group with Celtic and Rosenborg.

The German and Austrian clubs are both allowed to play in European competition after the UEFA Club Financial Control Body ruled last summer that they did not break rules on the integrity of UEFA competitions.

Cross-city rivals Rangers have the toughest-looking draw of the British quartet.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers are also facing a hard group stage, having been pitted against Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow in Group G.

Steven Gerrard's men overcame Shkupi, Osijek and Maribor, before seeing off Ufa in the play-offs.

The first set of group fixtures take place on September 20.



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