Wednesday, 24 May 2017

EPL Champs Chelsea Call Off Victory Parade After Manchester Arena Attack

Chelsea says it would be inappropriate to hold a parade in London

Chelsea have called off their English Premier League victory parade that was planned for Sunday following the terror attack in Manchester that claimed 22 lives.

A pop concert at the Manchester Arena was the target of a suicide bomber on Monday, just two days ahead of the Europa League final in which Manchester United will feature.

League champions Chelsea have confirmed their plans for a victory parade won't go through and issued a statement regarding the decision on Wednesday.
“Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester,” the release read.
“Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends. 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 government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision.
“Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London.
“Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack.”

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