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Manchester attack: Chelsea cancels victory parade

Chelsea has cancelled its victory parade planned for Sunday in London due to Monday’s bomb attack in Manchester.

The premier league champions in a statement today said, “In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday.

“Given the heightened security threat announced by the (British) government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration,” it said.

“We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision.’’

The club said also said black armbands would be worn by the players in Saturday’s final against Arsenal and that a donation would be made to a fund supporting the victims.

Still on the Manchester attack, Arsenal also said that they were cancelling a planned screening of the final match, scheduled to be staged at their Emirates Stadium.

The gunners also said there would be no victory parade if they win Chelsea on Saturday.

“As always, the safety of our supporters and staff is paramount and we are in close contact with security services,” Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.

“After taking their advice we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the screening and potential parade. We are sorry for any disappointment this causes but it is in everyone’s best interests.’’

Recall that an Islamist suicide bomber blew himself up and killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena on Monday.

 

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