Manchester United match called off after suspect package found


Manchester United's final Premier League game of the season, against Bournemouth, has been abandoned due to security reasons.

An announcement was made 20 minutes before the scheduled 3pm kick-off for security personnel to invoke 'operation red code' and shortly after the Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were evacuated.

News soon filtered through that the match would not take place today as police attended to the incident.

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins posted on Twitter.

Shortly after 3.15pm the people remaining in the ground were informed the game was off.

Fans from both clubs anxiously made their way out of Old Trafford with the visiting fans facing the prospect of making an earlier-than-expected 250-mile return trip to the south coast.

The prevailing mood was, however, for the safety of everyone in attendance.

Manchester United fan
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Old Trafford evacuated
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Fans outside Old Trafford after match abandoned
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)

Manchester United announced: "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."

All media were also evacuated and, after sniffer dogs were seen in the ground, a bomb disposal squad arrived at Old Trafford shortly before 4pm.