The English Premier League final-day game between Manchester United and Bournemouth has been postponed after Old Trafford was evacuated due to a code red security alert because of a suspect package – in the Theater of Dreams on Sunday May 15, 2016.
The Premier League game was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm and had been pushed back to 3.45pm. But officials later announced that the match has been called off.
Police told fans to stay away as detectives and sniffer dogs flooded Old Trafford as they carried out their investigation.
A suspect package was identified in the north-west corner of the ground, according to reports. Journalists at the match said that a bomb squad had been called in.
Reports indicated that ordnance experts were needed to inspect a ‘mobile phone device’ and carry out a controlled explosion.
Police and sniffer dogs were in the ground, which has an almost 76,000 capacity, after they were told about the package.
Stewards ushered around 20,000 from The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End when the warning was announced around 30 minutes before kick off.
At around 3.20pm the remaining fans from all the stands began to filter out of the ground – with the stadium’s PA system informing supporters of the latest information.
Officials are apparently considering playing the match behind closed doors tomorrow.
Meanwhile, our noisy neighbors, Manchester City, have qualified to go to the next Champions League. Will United end up on the 5th position in the Barclays Premier League?
Up Man U!