Chelsea call off premier League victory parade after Manchester Arena attack

Chelsea have cancelled this weekend’s planned victory parade, designed to celebrate their Premier League title success, after having taken security council in the wake of Sunday to Monday, the terrorist attack in Manchester.

The champions, who will wear black arm-bands to face Arsenal on Saturday in the final of the FA Cup at Wembley, had the intention to conduct an open top bus parade in the south-west of London, Sunday. But, with the government having raised the terrorist threat level to “critical” after the attack at the Manchester Arena, they engaged in extensive consultations with the Metropolitan Police, local councils and other authorities, and have, since then, opted to cancel the event.

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“Everyone associated with the Chelsea Football Club offers our deepest condolences to the people affected by the Monday of the terrorist attack in Manchester,” said a spokesman. “Our thoughts go out to all the victims and their families and friends. In light of these tragic events, we believe that it would be inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday.

“Given the intensification of the threat to the security, announced by the government, and recognizing that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We firmly believe that, in the interest of the whole world, it is the right action. We are confident that our fans will understand this decision.

“After consultation with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and other authorities, we know that the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we do not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event in the streets of London.

“In addition, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black arm-bands to the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also be making a donation to a fund to support the victims of this horrible attack.”

The club’s player of the year of the event, a ticket, an event scheduled for Sunday evening, will take place as it is confined to a single area of the room Battersea Evolution.

Arsenal have cancelled plans to screen the final at the Emirates Stadium and will not hold a victory parade. The club said the raising of the security threat meant that they had finally decided to cancel the screening, and said of the show: “We do not want to place additional pressure on the police and security services at this time and have worked closely with them before making this decision.”