Wednesday 26 July 2017

Pep Guardiola's wife and two children safe and unharmed after attending Ariana Grande concert

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The wife and two children of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola attended the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena at which 22 people lost their lives in a sickening suicide bombing.

Cristina Serra, Guardiola’s wife, and their two daughters, Valentina and Maria, were among the thousands who had flocked to the city’s popular music venue to watch the American singer on Monday night.

It is unclear if they were still at the Manchester Arena when the explosion occurred shortly after 10.30pm in the venue’s foyer but it is understood that all three are safe and unhurt. Reports first emerged in Spain and are understood to be accurate. City have declined to comment.

Guardiola was due to fly to Abu Dhabi today for his end of season review with Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, and the club’s hierarchy but it remains to be seen whether the manager will now cancel or delay his planned visit in order to stay with his family.

The Etihad Stadium is currently being used as an emergency help centre and City had earlier released a statement in which they expressed their profound condolences for all those affected by the tragedy.

“The thoughts and prayers of our ownership, Board and everyone at Manchester City are with the people of Manchester and all those affected following the horrifying events of last night's Manchester Arena attack,” the statement read.

“We have offered our full support throughout the night and this morning to the leaders of the City of Manchester itself and to the Emergency Services who are doing so much to support our city in these most challenging of circumstances.

“The Etihad Stadium is being used as a support centre following the tragic events and Greater Manchester Police have advised that anyone needing assistance relating to the attack can access that help at the Etihad Stadium via Gate 11.

 “GMP have issued an emergency number for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. It is 0161 856 9400.”

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