Wednesday night was supposed to be something special. The Europa League Final. A competition that features some of the best teams in Europe. A final which saw two English sides progress to the final in Chelsea and Arsenal.
These London derbies are often intense, pulsating affairs but instead what we saw was something completely different. UEFA delivered a disasterclass in how to host a major final, with Baku's Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan the venue in question.
We've all read the headlines since these two great football clubs booked their spot in the final three weeks ago. The absolutely shambolic ticket allocation of 6000 per team in a 68k capacity stadium, the lack of an infrastructure for tourism and of course the absence of Arsenal man Henrikh Mkhitaryan who had to miss out for political reasons.
Negativity has never surrounded a major cup final like this in the modern of the era game, but to watch the events unfold on Wednesday night gave us a scary insight into what UEFA want from the game. They don't care about the fans, their interests or how much money and time it takes them to follow their teams.
UEFA are all about the sponsors, the corporate side of the game, they're the ones that pump the money in and they're the ones that they want to keep happy. They were given a huge amount of tickets for the Baku final, which is also the case in Madrid on Saturday for the Champions League final. Football without the fans is nothing and UEFA are excluding them more and more from these big occasions.
I mean imagine travelling all over to follow your team this season, going all over the continent in the Europa League to place like BATE Borisov or Malmo. Your side make it to the final after you've spent all that time and money, only to be denied attending the big one by a greedy, inconsiderate governing body - it's an absolute farce.