Amnesty: Don’t let Azerbaijan hide human rights abuses behind football

• Body criticises decision to stage Europa League final in Baku
• ‘Azerbaijan is in the grip of a sinister human rights crackdown’

Amnesty International has increased the pressure on European football’s governing body Uefa by saying Azerbaijan must not be allowed to “sportswash its appalling human rights record” by staging high-profile football matches.

Baku’s Olympic Stadium is hosting the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea next Wednesday and is also the venue for four games in next year’s European Championship.

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