Chelsea (and Arsenal) have both canceled trophy parade plans following Monday night’s bombing at the Manchester Arena that has claimed 22 lives and injured dozens more. Chelsea were set to celebrate the club’s fifth Premier League trophy and possible second-ever Double, with Arsenal making similar plans for a potential FA Cup final victory on Saturday.
In a statement released on the official website, Chelsea cited the heightened security threat, which has been raised to ‘critical’, and the need for policing efforts to be focused elsewhere.
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.
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.
-source: Chelsea FC
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those who were affected by this tragic event. Words never seem adequate enough in such situations. Hug your loved ones; be kind to each other.
Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley will undoubtedly see increased security measures as well, so if you’re attending, be prepared for additional screenings and an increased police and military presence.
Stay patient and stay safe, everyone!