AN Arsenal fan has posted pictures of the accommodation he was promised in Baku – and the shockingly grim reality.
Aaron Rose has travelled 2,500 miles to the Azerbaijan capital for the Europa League final clash with Chelsea.
The online snaps of his accommodation show a smart-looking and clean bathroom but when Aaron, 24, arrived he could not believe the reality.
Despite shelling out thousands of pounds to support his beloved Gunners, Aaron’s pictures show a filthy old bathroom with broken tiles and equipment.
Aaron, from London, captioned the pictures online: “Booked accommodation in Baku. The first two photos were of the bathroom on the website. The last photo is what we have been met with.
“Have you ever seen anything more Europa League?”
One of the pictures he booked up for shows a gleaming white bath sat neatly in the corner of the bathroom surrounded by reasonably clean tiles.
Another shows a walk-in shower booth behind glass doors and appearing to be of decent standard tourist accommodation standard.
However the image Aaron posts of the bathroom he actually received shows a completely different scene.
His picture shows a tiny area where showering is expected to place with a hole in the floor for water drainage, surrounded by dirty tiles.
The shower head is balancing on the tap used to switch on, indicating that there is no fixture on the wall for it to be placed.
A tap is attached to broken porcelain next to the shower, appearing to be the remains of a sink which has been damaged.
He adds to his tweet with the comments: “It’s so true [but] forget the shower. Why the f*** is there a sink in the shower?”
Twitter user @boroborn1983 said: “I’m more worried that the first 2 pictures were used to entice people into booking.”
Another named Germaine not Greer wrote: “Feel for you, I think I’d cry!”
Darren Kelly commented: “Nice spot.”
Pavlos Kyriacou wrote: “Hmmmm similarities there.”
And David Kasule replied: “This is just disgusting. This is why people don’t book hotels online.
“One would rather get to the destination and look for a room upon getting there. So many scammers online.”
Aaron, who has now switched accommodation, added in a further tweet this morning that despite his accommodation woes, he is enjoying the trip.
He wrote: “All jokes aside from some of the awful hotels and money it’s cost to get out here, Baku is actually a really beautiful city.
“Shame everyone I’ve followed Arsenal with up and down the country and in Europe can’t be here.”
Arsenal face Chelsea tonight in the Uefa Europa League final at a venue which has been slammed because of the difficulties fans have of getting to Azerbaijan.
Just 6,000 tickets were given to supporters of each side despite the stadium being capable of holding over 65,000 people.
Many of those fans have turned down the chance to go to the game because of a rise in travel costs when the final was confirmed.
Direct flights to the city cost at least £800 return and some fans have resorted to road, rail or multiple flights to get there.