The city of Manchester was rocked by a brutal terrorist attack on Monday night, as the tragedy claimed lives of 22 innocent people. As a result, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, was quick to set the nation’s threat level to ‘critical’.
Chelsea’s security team had a meeting with Metropolitan Police on Tuesday night, following which it was decided that any title celebrations will be cancelled.
An official statement released by the Blues read: “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.
“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.”
Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal were also quick to call off their live screening event of the FA Cup final at the Emirates. The Gunners also confirmed that there won’t be any title victory parade if they go on to win the FA Cup final on Saturday.
The statement by Arsenal read: “We have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the screening of the Emirates FA Cup final on Saturday, May 27 at Emirates Stadium.
“Should the team win Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, we can also confirm that a victory parade will not take place. We did not want to place any additional pressure on police and security services at this time and have been working closely with them ahead of making this decision.”
The Gunners also confirmed that all the ticket prices charged for the screening event will be refunded.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.