Chelsea have cancelled their Premier League title victory parade initially scheduled for Sunday, the club announced on Wednesday.
The decision came in the wake of the suicide bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night just after American pop star Ariana Grande’s concert. The terrorist attack killed at least 22 people, including children, dead and close to 100 injured.
“Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester,” Chelsea said in a statement on their official website on Wednesday.
“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.”