Manchester United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford was postponed Sunday after a suspect package was found at the stadium before kickoff.
United said the package was “found in the North West Quadrant” of Old Trafford. Police added that a military bomb disposal unit has been dispatched to the stadium.
“We are doing everything we can to investigate this item as quickly as possible, however our priority is obviously to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area,” said John O’Hare, assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police. “As a result, today’s game has been abandoned and a controlled evacuation of the stadium has now taken place.”
Two stands — The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End — were evacuated about 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time of 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT). Fans in other stands initially had been allowed to stay inside the stadium.
Police with sniffer dogs were seen inside Old Trafford after the decision was made to postpone the match.