Manchester United’s final Premier League match of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday was abandoned after two stands at Old Trafford were evacuated before kickoff.
Partial evacuation of Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/GkFbO0MMsm— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 15, 2016
Supporters at the Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were told to leave shortly before the scheduled 3pm kickoff, which was consequently delayed for 45 minutes before the club announced the fixture had been abandoned.
The club confirmed the evacuation has been caused by the discovery of a suspicious package.
Sniffer dogs were used to search the area.
The official announcement has just been made to those still inside Old Trafford – this game is abandoned because of a security alert.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 15, 2016
Kick-off is delayed at Old Trafford after a suspect package was found in the North West Quadrant. Police are inspecting, more to follow.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 15, 2016
All spectators have left. All media staff now being asked to leave Old Trafford. #bbcfootball— Conor McNamara (@ConorMcNamaraIE) May 15, 2016
British bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion following the discover of a ‘suspect package” at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
“A controlled explosion has just been carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford. More to follow,“ Greater Manchester Police said on Twitter.