“And I don’t think the club would have expected us to go. If we’re in Europe next year, I don’t think you’ll be seeing this happen.

“I don’t think it’s ideal. But I think each situation is unique. For us, on the back of our season, to play one more game two days after the end of the season, there is substance to it for us.”

Arsenal, Newcastle and Tottenham’s travel plans have also been condemned by environmental campaigners, who want soccer clubs to set a better example on sustainability.

Frank Huisingh, founder of Fossil Free Football, a group of football fans urging the game to take serious action on the climate, said: “I am not surprised, but I am disappointed. It’s unfortunate that flying has become normalised in football, and this is just the latest example.”

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