Europa League final has lost its ‘glow’ after Manchester attack – Ajax coach Peter Bosz

Updated: 07:53 GMT, May 24, 2017 | Published: 06:08 GMT, May 24, 2017 |
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Ajax manager Peter Bosz says the Europa League final has lost its “glow” after the attack in Manchester.

The game in Sweden between Manchester United and Ajax will go ahead despite the deadly incident at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

But Bosz said the match, which will start with a minute’s silence before kickoff, cannot now be the “football feast” it was supposed to be.

“I’d like to say something about what happened in Manchester,” he said ahead of a news conference at the Friends Arena on Tuesday. “I’d like to say it in Dutch to find the right words.

“What happened in Manchester is something that we all feel at Ajax. On behalf of the players and the staff, we at Ajax would like to express sympathy with the victims who unfortunately fell yesterday.

“The feeling that prevails is that the final doesn’t have the glow it should have.

“Tomorrow evening should be a football feast, but because of events in Manchester, we’re all affected, particularly as we’re playing against Manchester. It’s horrible. My heartfelt sympathies.”

Stockholm security was already intensified for the match against Ajax following a deadly truck attack in the Swedish capital last month. But UEFA also said it has “no specific intelligence” that the final featuring Manchester United will be a target.

Bosz stopped short of saying the match could have been postponed.

“That’s not up to us. I’m just a coach. Other people have to decide that,” he said. “I’m here for the game. It’s terrible what happened there. But it’s for other people to decide that.”