Football - Old Traf­ford sleep­over: United fans hid in bath­room

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Some peo­ple will do any­thing to watch Manch­ester United play at Old Traf­ford. Even sleep overnight in the sta­dium's bath­room. Two United sup­port­ers took an of­fi­cial tour of the English club's iconic ground on Fri­day, the day be­fore United played Arse­nal there in a high­pro­file Premier League game. In­stead of leav­ing with the rest of the group at the end of the tour, the two fans hid in the bath­room and were found the fol­low­ing morn­ing dur­ing a se­cu­rity sweep be­fore the lunchtime kick­off. Po­lice de­cided not to ar­rest the two fans. United said they, and their be­long­ings, had been thor­oughly searched be­fore en­ter­ing the sta­dium, so was “con­fi­dent there was no risk to safety.” The fans did not get to see the game de­spite their ef­forts. They were ejected from the sta­dium by se­cu­rity guards. United said it will look into the in­ci­dent. United's Premier League match against Bournemouth at Old Traf­ford on the fi­nal week­end of last sea­son was can­celed af­ter what po­lice de­scribed as an “in­cred­i­bly life­like” de­vice was found taped in­side a toi­let cu­bi­cle, lead­ing to an evac­u­a­tion of the sta­dium. It turned out the de­vice was a fake bomb in­ad­ver­tently left be­hind dur­ing a train­ing ex­er­cise in­volv­ing snif­fer dogs that was un­der­taken by a pri­vate com­pany days ear­lier.

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