Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United and England skipper has donated £100,000 to the victims of the terror attack. The donation was made through the superstar’s foundation and aims to support the victims and their families.
In a statement on the charity’s page, Rooney said: ‘There are moments in life that instantly affect you and stop you in your tracks. Monday night was one of those occasions.
Meanwhile, the Manchester United team remembered the victims during their Europa league triumph.
‘Like so many others, I have enjoyed great nights at the arena, often with my family.
‘As a father, I am horrified that a night out for so many young people could end so tragically. My heart goes out all those affected. Please give whatever you can.’
You can contribute by texting ‘CityUnited’ to 70800 to make a donation of 5 pounds. United rivals City have also joined hands and pledged to raise £1million to an emergency fund.
Along with Rooney, Yaya Toure of Manchester City has committed to donate £100,000 to the victims. City’s home ground, Etihad stadium has been used as a help centre.
Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Manchester 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.’
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: ‘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.’
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho said that those affected by the bombing were never far from his and his players’ minds.
‘It’s really hard and that’s why on Tuesday we didn’t want to have the press conference because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and to forget events that are much more important than our job,’ said Mourinho.
‘The world goes on it doesn’t stop and we have to do our job. I agree with the UEFA decision to play the match.
‘It takes happiness from our achievement. If we could change obviously the people’s lives for this cup we wouldn’t think twice.
‘Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe. But we just came to do our job.’