Monday 18 December 2017

No parade for either Chelsea or Arsenal

John Terry. Pic: PA
John Terry. Pic: PA

Chelsea have cancelled Sunday's planned victory parade in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

The Blues had planned an open top bus tour to show off the Premier League trophy and hope to add the FA Cup in Saturday's final with Arsenal.

But following consultation with the authorities - and with the terror threat raised to "critical" - it has been determined "it would be inappropriate" for Chelsea's parade to go ahead.

Arsenal have cancelled plans to screen the match at the Emirates Stadium. And there will be no victory parade if the Gunners win at Wembley, Arsenal said.

Players will wear black armbands for Saturday's Wembley fixture, prior to which there will be a period of silence, the Football Association said.

Chelsea and Arsenal made their decisions in order to avoid placing additional pressure the resources of police and security services.

Meanwhile, John Terry has insisted he "could not care less" about the criticism surrounding his Chelsea farewell.

Terry's contrived departure, leaving the field to a guard of honour from his team-mates after 26 minutes of last Sunday's clash with Sunderland, was criticised by some pundits with the BBC's Garth Crooks saying: "This isn't Hollywood, this is a Premier League fixture."

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