In the wake of the heightened terrorist threat following Monday night’s attack in Manchester, Arsenal have cancelled the FA Cup final screening which was due to take place at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
In a statement they say the decision was made so as not to put additional pressure on police and security services at a difficult time.
The possible parade, should we win the cup, has also been cancelled for the same reasons. The full statement reads:
We have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the screening of the Emirates FA Cup final on Saturday, May 27 at Emirates Stadium.
This follows Tuesday night’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the nation’s security threat has been placed at critical.
Should the team win Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, we can also confirm that a victory parade will not take place. We did not want to place any additional pressure on police and security services at this time and have been working closely with them ahead of making this decision.
While Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said, “As always, the safety of our supporters and staff is paramount and we are in close contact with security services.
“After taking their advice we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the screening and potential parade. We are sorry for any disappointment this causes but it is in everyone’s best interests.”
The news comes after it was announced earlier that Chelsea’s planned parade for winning the Premier League would also be cancelled so as to ease the burden on an already stretched police force.
There are going to be increased security measures at Wembley this Saturday, with officials urging fans to turn up early so as not to face delays or miss kick-off.
While people have strong opinions about the events of this week, we will not allow these posts to become a slanging match or a battleground for political or religious hot-takes.
People died this week, the cancellation of a screening or a parade is a shame, but a trifling inconvenience in comparison to that.
Please show the necessary respect. Thank you.