- Title: Manchester United fans defiant after attacks watching Europa League final
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LONG QUEUES OF MANCHESTER UNITED FANS OUTSIDE FAN ZONE VARIOUS OF FANS BEING SEARCHED AMID HIGH SECURITY AS THEY ENTER THE FAN ZONE MAN CHEERING AND WAVING HIS ARMS ON SHOULDERS AMID CROWD OF FANS CROWDS OF FANS JUMPING AND CHANTING VARIOUS OF FANS DANCING AND CHANTING FANS WAVING AROUND FLAG FANS CHANTING LOOKING INTO CAMERA FANS WAVING MANCHESTER UNITED FLAG IN THE AIR BACK OF FAN'S FOOBTALL SHIRT READING: POGBA (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED FAN, RACHEL DOHERTY, SAYING: "It's very important to be here today (FAN COMES INTO SCREEN CHEERING WITH BEER), really appreciate being here, just the thought that everyone's out, scared about whats happened, but coming together. I've seen City fans here today as well as Ajax fans, so we'll all become one in Manchester as we watch it." (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED FAN, CHRIS MOWBARY, SAYING: "The travesty that's happened over the past few days has seen the community and everyone pull together and hopefully United will win to bring everyone together even more." (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER UNITED FAN, NATHAN TAYO, SAYING: "The attacks have really shown that people will come out and support the team anyway. It's good defiance -- everyone keeps going on about the great city of Manchester. We are not going to be beaten by things like that and we stick together and come out and we support our team no matter what.* FAN URGING FANS TO BE QUIET AHEAD OF SILENCE MINUTE'S SILENCE BEING HELD FOR VICTIMS OF ATTACK AHEAD OF GAME FAN WITH CLOSED EYES DURING MINUTE'S SILENCE FAN ZONE AS MINUTE'S SILENCE TAKES PLACE FAN DURING MINUTE'S SILENCE PEOPLE CHEERING AS MINUTE'S SILENCE ENDS MAN WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES CLAPPING AFTER MINUTE'S SILENCE VARIOUS OF FANS IN FAN ZONE WATCHING THE GAME
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 21:42
- Keywords: final Europa silence Manchester fans
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016I79VT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thousands of Manchester United fans were defiant after the deadly attack on the city as they gathered to watch their soccer team face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday (May 24).
There was solidarity, camaraderie and plenty of flying beer as the supporters gathered in a makeshift fan zone in a warehouse near the Old Trafford in Manchester to watch the match taking place in Stockholm.
A minute of silence, held just before the starting whistle, saw the rowdy crowd honour the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing.
Football and city pride was the unifying force for a city in shock at the targeting of youngsters attending a pop concert.
â€œThe travesty thatâ€™s happened over the past few days has seen the community and everyone pull together and hopefully United will win to bring everyone together even more,â€ said one man.
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