Manchester United’s clash with Bournemouth on Sunday was abandoned as police were forced to deal with an “incident” ahead of kick-off.
With the stands filling up ahead of the start of the game as well as the players out on the pitch warming up, all seemed to be on course for the 3pm start on the final day of the season at Old Trafford.
However, a swift evacuation of the entire Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson was seen taking place with messages at the stadium revealing that a “Code Red’ operation was in effect.
Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves delivered an update: “Referee Jon Moss was spoken to by a United delegate who said there is an incident somewhere in the stadium that the authorities are dealing with. All the players have had to come of the pitch. We understand that parts of the stadium as it stands will have to leave the stadium and there could potentially be a 45-minute delay to kick-off.”
Videos shortly followed on social media of supporters making their way to the exits with reports later emerging that a “suspect package” had been found in the North West corner of the stadium, and just minutes later it was confirmed that the match has been abandoned.
In turn, the Premier League season will not end on Sunday, with United’s clash with Bournemouth having to be re-scheduled for a later date.
BREAKING. Suspect package found in North West corner of Old Trafford. Police dealing with it.@talkSPORT LIVE
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) May 15, 2016
Swansea City vs Manchester City, along with the day’s other remaining fixtures, will all kick-off at the scheduled 3pm slot.
— John Acres (@johnacres48) May 15, 2016
A diez minutos del inicio, Old Trafford está con más de media grada evacuada. pic.twitter.com/AtOYZN2OX5
— Marta Mateo (@marta_mateo) May 15, 2016
— Richard Bennett (@Shadespyre) May 15, 2016