AFC Bournemouth’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the final game of the Premier League season was abandoned shortly before kick off.
Just 20 minutes before kick off, half of the Old Trafford ground was evacuated due to a security worry.
It was first believed there would be a 45 minute delay to kick off, but it was soon clear that the game would not take place and it was abandoned at 3.10pm after it was confirmed that a suspicious package had been found.
An hour later the Premier League released the following statement…
‘The decision to abandon the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth match was taken after the police advised of the necessity to deal with a suspect package.
‘When it comes to matters of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of supporters and employees foremost.
‘The Premier League will seek to rearrange the fixture as soon as possible and will advise fans accordingly. It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so.’
The most recent update at this present time is from Greater Manchester Police who have posted on Twitter…
Latest update: A controlled explosion has just been carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford.
Sky Sports have reported that AFC Bournemouth will remain in the north west until a decision is made on a rearranged fixture date.
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