MANCHESTER, UK (MAY 15, 2016) (REUTERS) – A Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned on Sunday (May 15) after a suspect package was found in the ground and an army bomb disposal unit was called.
“Due to a suspect package being found in the North West Quadrant, today’s match has been abandoned on police advice,” the club said on its website.
Greater Manchester Police said it was working with staff at the club to investigate a suspicious item found at the stadium.
“A controlled evacuation of the stadium has now taken place. We are awaiting the imminent arrival of military colleagues to come and support us and establish what exactly we are dealing with,” Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare said in a statement.
“We don’t make these decisions lightly and we have done this today to ensure the safety of all those attending.”
Police also tweeted that the Army Bomb Disposal Unit were on the scene to help.
United are still in with a chance of clinching the final Champions League qualifying place, depending on Manchester City’s result against Swansea City on Sunday.
They play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday and it is not clear when a rescheduled game against Bournemouth will be played.
“It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures.”