Bomb squad called in af­ter Old Traf­ford evac­u­a­tion

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Bomb dis­posal ex­perts car­ried out a con­trolled ex­plo­sion on a sus­pi­cious item dis­cov­ered inside Manch­ester United’s Old Traf­ford sta­dium.

United’s Pre­mier League clash against Bournemouth was called off yes­ter­day af­ter the se­cu­rity alert in the sta­dium’s North West Quad­rant.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice an­nounced in a state­ment on Twit­ter: “A con­trolled ex­plo­sion has been car­ried out within the sta­dium by bomb dis­posal ex­perts at Old Traf­ford.”

The Stret­ford End and Sir Alex Fer­gu­son Stand were evac­u­ated at around 2.40pm (UK time) af­ter an an­nounce­ment was made for se­cu­rity per­son­nel to in­voke ‘op­er­a­tion red code’, and shortly af­ter 3.15pm those re­main­ing in the ground were in­formed the game was off. A bomb dis­posal unit van was seen ar­riv­ing at the sta­dium shortly be­fore 4pm.

The 75,000-ca­pac­ity sta­dium was around half-full at the time of the ini­tial an­nounce­ment.

The fi­nal match of the Pre­mier League sea­son for both teams will have to be played at a later date.

A Pre­mier League source said it will be a “lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge” to or­gan­ise. United are busy next Satur­day when they face Crys­tal Palace in the FA Cup fi­nal, af­ter which many of their play­ers will dis­perse for in­ter­na­tional duty ahead of Euro 2016.

Mean­while, United’s Cham­pi­ons League hopes are all but over af­ter ri­vals Manch­ester City drew 1-1 at Swansea. That leaves United three points be­hind with the game in hand but City have scored 18 more goals.

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