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Controlled explosion at Man Utd's stadium after bomb scare

Britain Soccer Premier League A police bomb disposal unit outside Old Trafford stadium | via AP

Controlled explosion carried out at Old Trafford stadium after discovery of a suspicious package

  • Manchester United called off their final match of the Premier League season against Bournemouth minutes before the kick off on police advice.

A controlled explosion was carried out at Old Trafford stadium on Sunday after the discovery of a suspicious package, which forced England's top football club Manchester United to call off their final match of the Premier League season against Bournemouth minutes before the kick off.

Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and Stretford End, containing around 20,000 spectators, at the stadium were evacuated before the home game against Bournemouth and sniffer dogs were brought in to search the stands.

Kick-off was delayed and shortly afterwards the match was abandoned on police advice. The suspect package was found in the north-west corner of the stadium and a bomb disposal team carried out the controlled explosion. Fans in other stands initially had been allowed to stay inside the stadium.

An "operation red code" alert was heard over the tannoy and the players who were warming up left the field.

Manchester United said in a statement: "Due to the discovery of a suspect package in the north-west quadrant of the ground, the match has been abandoned for today on police advice.

"People in the stadium are advised to remain in their seats while the forecourt is cleared of fans evacuated from the stadium. Further announcements will be made as soon as possible."

The Premier League has announced it was looking to rearrange the match as soon as possible. "The game will definitely need to be played but there are logistical issues that need to be resolved," a statement read.

"However, they cannot even start to begin discussing them until the police have done what they need to do here (Old Trafford)."

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