Orlando City fans have paid a touching tribute to the fans of the attack inside Manchester’s M.E.N. Arena last week.
22 people were killed and 59 injured after a bomb was detonated following Ariana Grande’s performance at the venue on Monday, May 22.
Fans of the Californian club walked in silence and solidarity before their away game against Minnesota United in the Open Cup as part of a touching tribute, holding banners saying: “We stand with Manchester.”
It’s a great gesture, and one means more when you look at the past relationships between Orlando and Manchester.
Manchester United and Manchester City donated £1m to the emergency fund set up following the attack in Orlando last summer.
Orlando suffered a shocking terrorist attack of its own in June last year, after a lone gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. It’s heartwarming to see Orlando fans showing solidarity with the Manchester victims too.
Football fans in the MLS often get a bad rap from English fans, especially footage of some pretty embarrassing footage of Atlanta United fans chanting emerged recently, but everyone in football will admire the support shown by Orlando fans here.
Orlando City, which is currently home to Brazilian legend Kaka, former Derby star Giles Barnes and former Manchester United player Jonathan Spector, went on to win the game 1-0.
Plenty of celebrities have also shown solidarity with the victims of the Manchester attack, with Tom Hardy setting up a charity fund to raise money for the families of those affected.
West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan also made the kind gesture of offering to pay six months’ worth of rent for a homeless man who receieved praise online for helping the victims of the attack.