Premier League champions Chelsea have canceled their plans to hold a victory parade in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester. The club was to hold the parade on Sunday after their triumph in the English football under Italian coach Antonio Conte in his very first year into the service.
A statement on Chelsea's official website 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."
The London side had edged past Tottenham Hotspur with a seven-points margin earlier this month.
At least 22 people were killed while 59 others had sustained injuries when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a concert of US pop star Ariana Grande in the city.
The UK has raised its threat level to to its highest level of 'critical', meaning more attacks may be imminent.