Calls For A Full Investigation After A Bomb Scare Postponed Manchester United vs BournemouthPhoto by Alex Livesey Soccer News Manchester United
Greater Manchester Police have called for a full investigation into the events that led to Old Trafford being evacuated on the final day of the Premier League season.
A suspicious device was noticed prior to kickoff of Manchester United’s last league home game of the season at home to Bournemouth. The stadium was evacuated while police investigated. Ultimately the match was abandoned, forcing a replay tomorrow.
It was later revealed that the object was crafted to look like a bomb by a private security company, who was running drills at the ground.
Army bomb disposal units destroyed the device.
Crime commissioner for GMP, Tony Lloyd, is demanding to know how all this happened.
It is outrageous this situation arose and a full inquiry is required to urgently find out how this happened, why it happened and who will be held accountable. This fiasco caused massive inconvenience to supporters who had come from far and wide to watch the match, wasted the time of huge numbers of police officers and the army’s bomb squad, and unnecessarily put people in danger, as evacuating tens of thousands of people from a football stadium is not without risk._
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward praised the response from both police and fans. “The safety of fans is always our highest priority. I’d like to thank the support from the police, which was first class, and the impeccable response from fans of both teams. The club takes security very seriously and staff are regularly trained with the police and emergency services to identify and deal with these incidents. We will investigate the incident to inform future actions and decisions.”