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Europa League: Manchester United cancel pre-match press conference in Stockholm following Arena attack

London: Manchester United cancelled their pre-match press conference in Stockholm on Tuesday ahead of the Europa League final after a bomb attack in Manchester killed 22 people, including children.

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (4R) stands with teammates as they observe a minute's silence for the victims of yesterday's terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last night, during a team training session at the club's training complex near Carrington. AFP

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (4R) stands with teammates as they observe a minute's silence for the victims of yesterday's terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last night, during a team training session at the club's training complex near Carrington. AFP

"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.

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 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, which also injured 59 people, struck after the end of a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday.


Published Date: May 23, 2017 17:07 PM | Updated Date: May 23, 2017 17:07 PM

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