Manchester City and Manchester United have put their rivalry aside to pledge £1million towards the fundraising effort for victims of the suicide bomb attack.
United and City will donate the sum to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which has so far raised more than £2million in combination with an effort from the Manchester Evening News.
It comes as police warned people to be aware of fraudulent fundraising websites in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) tweeted the alert and instead directed well-wishers to a JustGiving page through which to make donations.
It said: “Please be aware of fraudulent fundraising pages on the internet. If you wish to donate please use this page – www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester.”
Set up by the Manchester Evening News, the site has raised more than £1.2million since it was created on Tuesday.
The money raised will be administered by British Red Cross and go to the victims’ families.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has generously supported the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
“The money raised through your donations will make a real difference to those who have been affected by this horrific attack.
“The magnificent support received so far shows just how strongly the world stands united with the city of Manchester at this difficult time.”
Speaking of the collaboration, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City, said: “We have all been humbled by the strength and solidarity shown by the people of Manchester in the days since the attack.
“The hope of both our clubs is that our donation will go some small way to alleviate the daunting challenges faced by those directly affected and that our acting together will serve as a symbol to the world of the unbreakable strength of the spirit of Manchester.”
Echoing the sentiments, Ed Woodward, executive chairman of Manchester United, said: “The barbarism of Monday evening’s attack has shocked everyone.
“Our clubs are right at the heart of our local communities in Manchester and it is right that we present a unified response to this tragedy.
“The money will help, of course, but the work of the two clubs and their respective foundation and community scheme can build on the fantastic spirit that Mancunians have shown in the immediate aftermath.”