Manchester Arena attack: Chelsea cancel Premier League victory parade in wake of terror bombings after Ariana Grande concert

Chelsea Football Club have cancelled their Premier League victory parade [Getty]

Team bosses planned an open-top bus tour in the capital, to celebrate their Premier League title, which was due to take place on May 28.

However, the club have called the parade off in the aftermath of the terror attack, following an Ariana Grande concert.

At least 22 people lost their lives following an explosion at the Manchester arena, with many more injured, after a suspected suicide bomb attack.

Ariana Grande is said to be devastated and inconsolable following the tragedy [Getty]

Ariana shared a heartbreaking message to her fans, following the incident, before heading home to the US with her family.

Players are to wear black armbands during their FA Cup final match, against Arsenal, on May 27, and will also be making a donation to a fund supporting the victims.

“Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends,” a statement released by the club read.

Tributes have poured in for the victims of the Manchester Terror Attack[Getty]

“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.”

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

Manchester United are planning a one minute silence ahead of their Europa League final game against Ajax [Getty]

“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.”

Manchester United are also planning to observe a one minute silence before they play Ajax Europa League final, on May 24, in Stockholm, as a mark of respect to those involved.


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