Manchester United vs Bournemouth match postponed due to bomb 'hoax'

Manchester United vs Bournemouth match postponed due to bomb 'hoax'

The Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth EPL match at the Old Trafford was called off on Sunday after a 'suspect package' was found around 14:40, shortly before kick-off at 15:00 GMT.

Manchester United vs Bournemouth match postponed due to bomb 'hoax'

A disappointed young Man U fan

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It was the final day of EPL matches and all games were scheduled to kick start at 15:00.

The device, "a mobile phone device attached to gas pipes" whose circumstances surrounding it were believed by many as an enactment by security personnel and nicknamed 'Operation red code', was destroyed by Army bomb squad in a controlled explosion.

Manchester United vs Bournemouth match postponed due to bomb 'hoax'

Players from both teams left the stadium amidst heavy security presence remains as bomb disposal unit van, fire engines and ambulances arrived at the stadium at 4pm.

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Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the seemingly mobile phone device which was attached to gas pipes in the men's toilets in the northwest corner of the stadium was really "incredibly lifelike explosive device".

Manchester United vs Bournemouth match postponed due to bomb 'hoax'

The Army bomb disposal unit was called to Old Trafford

Morgan Schneiderlin, missed the game due to illness and posted on his Instagram saying: “wasn't at the stadium due of illness but feel so sad of what happened this afternoon … Happy that all the people are safe and feel sorry for all the fans. Thanks to the police and security staff who were able to handle the situation.”

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Meanwhile, an official statement from the Premier League has confirmed that the match will be played on Tuesday evening.

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