Manchester United cancelled their pre-match press conference in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday ahead of their Europa League final against Ajax, after a bomb attack in Manchester killed 22 people, including children.
“Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night and the effect that this has had on everyone here at our club and within our city, we have decided to cancel this evening’s pre-match press conference in Stockholm,” United said in a statement, on the eve of the final.
Photo: Scene of the suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
The statement added: “We are sure that, in the circumstances, you will all understand our position on this matter.
“Our thoughts are with the victims at this terribly difficult time.”
There were increased security checks at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground, with players holding a minute’s silence in memory of the victims during what would normally have been a light-hearted get-together ahead of the Europa League final against Ajax at Stockholm’s Friends Arena on Wednesday.
The suicide bomb attack killed about 22 people and injured more than 100 other people. The bomber struck after the end of a music concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Manchester suicide attack.
Photo: Manchester United players hold some minutes of silence during training in memory of those killed in the suicide bomb attack in Manchester – the club’s hometown in the North of England.
At least 22 people died and more than 100 injured after what British Prime Minister Theresa May described as an “appalling terror attack” at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande pop concert.
- At least 22 people killed and more than 100 injured, including 12 children
- Suicide bomber had Improvised Explosive Device (IED) around his waist
- British Police say a male, lone attacker, is responsible • ISIS has claimed responsibility for attack
- A 23-year-old man has been arrested • British PM Theresa May says many children among those killed
- ‘Evil losers’: US President Donald Trump responds to the Manchester suicide attack
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