Manchester United’s final game of the Premier League season against Bournemouth was abandoned due to an apparent bomb threat, as per reports.
A ‘Code Red Alert’ was circulated around Old Trafford 15 minutes prior to the kick-off time, and the game was abandoned altogether about 20 minutes later, and the stadium was completely evacuated after a suspicious device was found in the stadium.
According to John Scheerhout, a Crime reporter at the Manchester Evening News, a team of army bomb disposal officers conducted an assessment of the suspicious device, which turned out to be a phone with wires attached to a gas pipe. Scheerhout also confirmed that the police sources stated the threat from terrorism remains ‘severe’. The package was found by one of the staff members near the toilets, as per Manchester Evening News.
United midfielder Ander Herrera gave an inside update about the situation in the dressing room, as he told Spanish outlet Tiempo de Juego: ‘We are still in the dressing room and it seems we’ll be the last ones to leave the stadium. It has been very tense and we have all been nervous.’
Shortly after, the Manchester United players were escorted to their cars, and they left Old Trafford individually, whilst the Bournemouth team coach as well as the players remained at the stadium.
After the stadium was completely cleared, an update was given by the Greater Manchester Police, revealing that a controlled explosion was carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford, and experts are now examining the remains of the phone/device found on the pipe following the controlled explosion.
Latest update: A controlled explosion has just been carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford. More to follow.
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 15, 2016
This shocking bomb scare at the Theatre of Dreams follows the traumatic terrorist attack reports from Iraq, where around 16 members of a Real Madrid fan club were killed by anti-football terrorists.