Sports World: Mkhitaryan to skip final over safety fears

Mkhitaryan to skip final over safety fears

LONDON • Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's decision to miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku next week was a "personal" one amid fears over his safety.

The announcement came hours before the Azerbaijani authorities issued assurances that he can play, dismissing concerns arising from tensions between the countries.


PSG give assurance Mbappe will stay on

PARIS • French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Monday insisted that Kylian Mbappe would stay at the football club next season, despite the striker hinting that he could leave.

The 20-year-old said on Sunday that he wanted more "responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere" after winning the Ligue 1 Player of the Season award. But PSG said in a statement that "strong ties have united PSG and Kylian Mbappe for two years and that story will continue next season".


Clarke is new head coach of Scotland

GLASGOW • Steve Clarke has been appointed as the new Scotland head coach, the Scottish Football Association announced on Monday.

Clarke, who won six Scotland caps as a player, guided Kilmarnock to a third-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership this season. He signed a three-year contract with Scotland until the end of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: "Steve's pedigree as a coach and manager of the highest regard sets him apart in a high-calibre group of candidates."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2019, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe