The Premier League champions were due to show off their trophy in an open-top bus on Sunday, the day after they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final, but are now cancelling the event over security concerns in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack.
The club said in a statement that they feel it would be ‘inappropriate’ for the celebration to take place as they offered their ‘heartfelt condolences’ to those affected by Monday night’s attack.
Chelsea’s players will also wear black armbands in Saturday’s FA Cup final and the club will make a donation to a fund supporting the the victims.
The parade was due to start at Stamford Bridge, taking in Fulham Road and Kings Road and ending at Eel Brook Common.
Here is the full statement from the club:
“Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends.
“In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday.
“Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision.
“Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London.
“Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack.”