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Minute Silence at Europa Cup Final



The ceremonies that will precede Wednesday’s Europa Cup final match between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United have been scaled down as a mark of respect for the victims of Monday night’s Manchester attack.

Consequently, Swedish artist, Axwell ^ Ingrosso will not be performing before the final match.

Sports Village Square also gathered from UEFA that there will be a minute’s silence before the kick off of the match. At least 22 people are reported dead following the attack.

UEFA also issued the following statements: “UEFA is shocked by last night’s attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected.

“There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.


“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project. Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.

“Due to the tight security arrangements, UEFA urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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