Manchester clubs, Kumble, Rooney lead tributes

As the incident gained world wide attention, celebrities and athletes around the world offered their condolences over the incident that happened at pop star Ariana Grande's concert.

After a bomb blast attack took the lives of 19 people and injured over 50 at the Manchester Arena, Premier League sides United and City took to Twitter to express their shock over the incident.   -  aP

After a bomb blast attack took the lives of 22 people and injured over 50 at the Manchester Arena, Premier League sides United and City took to Twitter to express their shock over the incident.

 

As the incident gained world wide attention, celebrities and athletes around the world offered their condolences over the incident that happened at pop star Ariana Grande's concert.

 

David Beckham, Gary Linekar slammed the incident. Former England captain Beckham, who made his name as a global superstar at United after coming through the club’s youth system, expressed his condolences via an Instagram message, saying: “Heartbreaking news from Manchester. As a father & a human what has happened truly saddens me. My thoughts are with all of those that have been affected by this tragedy.”

Lineker, another former England international and now a television presenter, summed up a mood of widespread revulsion when he tweeted: “To target children at a concert is beyond comprehension. Beyond lunacy. Beyond evil. Heart goes out to all those who’ve lost loved ones.”

A help centre was opened at City’s Etihad Stadium for those affected by the blast, while the United club flag at their Old Trafford ground was flown at half mast.

Wayne Rooney Shikar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Mahesh Bhupathi among others tweeted their support to the bereaved.

Manchester United's all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney said: "Devastating news this morning. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

Anil Kumble tweeted: "Deeply saddened by Manchester attack. Thoughts & prayers with everyone affected. Condolences to their families."

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