The terrorist attack in Manchester has dampened what would have been a jubilant atmosphere surrounding the 2017 UEFA Europa League final.
A minute of silence was held Wednesday at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, in honor of the victims of the Manchester bombing prior to the Europa League final. Manchester United, Ajax players and referees stood around the center circle with bowed heads, while fans at the 50,653-seat venue followed suit.
Manchester United also is wearing black armbands during the showcase game in remembrance of the victims.
UEFA has pared down its opening ceremony, cancelling a planned performance by Swedish band Axwell ^ Ingrosso out of respect.
A suicide bomber struck Monday night at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and hospitalizing at least 59 others. Many of the victims were women and young children.
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