Date: 25th May 2017 at 9:21am
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In the wake of the shocking terrorist events in Manchester this week – I’ll not get into the politics of this as I don’t think this is the time or the place for that, I’ll simple reaffirm my thoughts they were ‘shocking’ and indeed ‘senseless’ – it has been announced the proposed screening of the FA Cup final on Saturday has been cancelled.

Arsenal had planned to screen Saturday’s final against Premier League champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium but heightened security following the Manchester attacks has forced a re-think.

With the nations security threat placed at ‘critical levels’ the decision has sensibly, and above all else rightly, been made to cancel this as to not add to the pressure the police and security services are already under.

Addition securing measures are taking place at Wembley too.

It was also revealed should Arsenal lift a seventh FA Cup under Arsene Wenger a victory parade wouldn’t be taking place for the same reasons.

A statement on the Official Website read:

‘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.

‘Additional security measures will be in place at Wembley on Saturday. We urge you to get to the stadium early to avoid delays and look at the Wembley website or app for more information.

‘Fans are reminded that if you see or hear anything that could be terrorist related, trust your instinct, no matter how small, then act and call 999.

‘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.”

‘Fans who have paid for tickets to the screening will receive full refunds. We will update you with the process for this as soon as possible.’

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