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Players and friends of both Manchester United and Manchester City have taken to social media to express sympathy and support for the victims of the suicide bomb attack which hit Manchester late Monday night.

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While the police are treating the case as a terrorist attack, the State’s sports men have been pouring support for the victims of the attack via social media.

The explosion happened just as Ariana Grande stepped off the stage after a performance at her concert in the Manchester Arena.

A Manchester United statement read: “We are deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events at the Manchester Arena. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.”

A Manchester City statement read: “It’s with great sadness we hear of the terrible events at the Arena. Our hearts go out to all affected and to our city’s emergency services.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by last night’s attack on this beautiful city. We will stand together in this dark hour”, Jesse Lingaard said.

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 22/05/2017. Manchester, UK. Wounded people on Hunts Bank outside Victoria Station and the stairs leading to the Manchester Arena . Police and other emergency services are seen near the Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion. Police have confirmed they are responding to an incident during an Ariana Grande concert at the venue. Photo credit: Joel Goodman/LNP

Photo credit: Joel Goodman/LNP

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It’s a sad day for the great city of Manchester. #Unity,” Vincent Kompany said.

“To target children at a concert is beyond comprehension. Beyond lunacy. Beyond evil. Heart goes out to all those who’ve lost loved ones,” Gary Lineker said.

“Just heard the news what’s happening in Manchester.. hope everyone safe & sound!”, Rio Ferdinand.

The Manchester Arena is in the city centre of the north-west UK, two miles north of Manchester United’s Old Trafford and two miles west of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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