Following on from Monday night’s tragic news, Chelsea have taken the decision to cancel their Premier League victory parade as a mark of respect to the victims of yesterday’s attack in Manchester.
In a statement released today, Chelsea announced the cancellation. There are numerous reasons for the it, with respect being the main one.
As well as this, however, Chelsea have expressed worry for the safety of their fans were the event to take place. A non-ticketed event could be a huge risk, particularly on the busy streets of London.
Also taken into consideration was the extra concern it would cause to the emergency services. Security would be forced to be on high alert.
Sense prevailed in this situation and credit must be given to Chelsea for this respectful act. The Blues have also announced that their players will sport black armbands for Saturday’s FA Cup final versus Arsenal.
The full statement can be read below.
“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.”
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena