Manchester United and Manchester City pledge £1 million to terror victims fund

Manchester United and Manchester City are backing the campaign

Manchester United and Manchester City are backing the campaign

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Manchester's two football clubs have come together to pledge £1 million to the emergency fund set up in the wake of Monday's terror attack.

The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund was set up to help the families and dependants of those who died at the Manchester Arena, and is backed by the Lord Mayor and the British Red Cross. The fund has now raised more than £3 million.

In addition to the financial gesture, Manchester City and Manchester United say they will continue to explore opportunities to support the city, as part of the campaign running with the hashtag #ACityUnited.

Manchester United wore black armbands and held a minute's silence before last night's victory over Ajax in the final of the Europa League. The players also held a banner bearing the #ACityUnited hashtag in their dressing room after the game. 

The Old Trafford club's manager, Jose Mourinho, and several players spoke movingly before, during and after the game about their desire to give something back to the city, which remains in mourning after 22 people died on Monday night.

Manchester City's men's team has already finished its season, but the women's team will wear black armbands and observe a minute of silence before their Spring Series Match against Chelsea Ladies FC at the Academy Stadium tonight (Thursday May 25).

Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Manhcester City, said “We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack.  

"The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester.”

Ed Woodward, executive chairman of Manchester United, echoed his counterpart's sentiments, saying "the barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone. Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.

"The money will help, of course but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath."

If you wish to donate to the fund, you can do so by following the Red Cross link here or visiting the Just Giving page here.