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Manchester United and Manchester City pay tribute to terror victims with bumblebee strip for pre-season friendly

The worker bee is a symbol of the city's industrial history

Now this is a touch of class.

Manchester United and Man City players are putting aside their fierce rivalry and will wear the worker bee symbol in tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

The two clubs meet in Houston on July 20 for a pre-season friendly as part of the International Champions Cup.


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Manchester United and Man City will wear a special bee on their shirts in a friendly to raise money for the Manchester terror attack

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Manchester United and Man City will wear a special bee on their shirts in a friendly to raise money for the Manchester terror attack

The worker bee is a symbol of the city – and has become one of defiance and solidarity since the attack

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The worker bee is a symbol of the city – and has become one of defiance and solidarity since the attack

The Manchester clubs will now wear the worker bee symbol – a nod to the city’s industrial past – in their Houston, Texas, friendly to raise money for the victims.

The bee has been the city’s emblem since Victorian times and was adopted into the Manchester coat of arms in 1842.

Twenty-two people were killed, the youngest eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, when religious extremist Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert in May.

Since the attack, the bee has become a symbol of solidarity and defiance.

After the friendly, all of the match-worn shirts will be available to buy, with all proceeds going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Speaking ahead of the friendly, Man City chief Ferran Soriano said: “Manchester continues to show great strength and sense of community since May’s devastating attack and the thoughts of everyone at Manchester City remain with those affected.

“The worker bee symbolises everything that makes Manchester such a special city and our players will wear it on their shirts with immense pride, as a demonstration of solidarity with the Manchester community.”

Ms Rudds words came a week after 22 people were killed at Manchester Arena

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Twenty-two people were killed at the Manchester Arena after extremist Salman Abedi detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert

Manchester United boss Ed Woodward, added: “The city of Manchester has shown great strength and unity since the tragic terror attack in May, showing the country and the world how special this city really is.

“Having the worker bee on our shirts once again shows the community spirit of our city and football club and it is only natural that we continue to help all of those affected, through this fundraising and awareness, with millions of fans across the world watching this game.”


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