Arsenal and Chelsea have decided to cancel planned celebrations on Sunday
Premier League champions Chelsea have called off the victory parade they had planned on Sunday to celebrate their win.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will not hold a parade if they beat Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final – and the Gunners have also cancelled a screening of the match at the Emirates Stadium, as fears of further attacks intensified over the last 48 hours.
Manchester is in mourning after the attack at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring more than 50.
The clubs took their decisions after Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the security threat to the country was graded as critical, and troops were being deployed on the streets.
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Chelsea’s parade was due take to the streets of west London with thousands of supporters due to attend.
But last night the club said: “Everyone associated with Chelsea offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, their families and friends.
“In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the parade. “Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we believe this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand.
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“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.”
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Chelsea’s players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect at Wembley, and the club will make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of the Manchester attack.
Skipper Gary Cahill said: “It’s important to show our respect and send our condolences to the families in Manchester. I can’t imagine how they’re feeling right now. I live close to Manchester, it’s a great city, and I’m sure they’ll pull together.
Chelsea players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to victims of the Manchester attack
“I try not to worry. I’m sure the security at Wembley will be top drawer , but it’s very difficult to stop everything. These aren’t normal situations.” Extra armed police will be deployed for the final, as well as the League 2 play off final on Sunday, and the Championship play of final on Monday.
The FA said: “We have robust security measures in place. All supporters are encouraged to arrive at Wembley as early as possible.”
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said: “You want the best level of security. I’m French and we’ve lived in an emergency state in France for a long time now.
“You want people to enjoy life, but then you have people dying at concerts. It’s absolutely unacceptable and really sad. I was in Paris on the night when it happened there. Our solidarity and compassion is total with Manchester.”