Chelsea Put Premier League Trophy Parade On Hold Due To Wembley Attack
The current champions of England had planned an open-top bus parade through Fulham and Chelsea for Sunday, but have taken the decision not to add extra strain on the police force at a time of high security alert due to the Wembley terror attack.
The open-top bus route was due to take place in both Fulham and Chelsea and it was hoped that the club would be putting on a double celebration, with the Blues trying to make it a league and cup double in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.
But in the wake of Monday’s attack at the Manchester Arena, where 22 people were lost, and the escalation of the United Kingdom’s threat level from severe to critical, the decision has been taken not to channel valuable resources away from important buildings and public places.
A club statement read:
“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.”