Chelsea have cancelled their Premier League victory parade slated for Sunday in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester that claimed 22 lives and injured 72 others.
In a statement issued by the club, plans for the parade to mark their top-flight title triumph have been put on hold.
“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,” the statement read.
“In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday.
“Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith and 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.”
A suicide bomber targeted a pop concert held at Manchester Arena on Monday staged by pop star Ariana Grande.
Chelsea are set to take on Arsenal at Wembley in three days.
Written by Chineze Ogugua