Man United’s Old Trafford stadium evacuated; match postponed


MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford was postponed on police advice Sunday after a suspect package was found at the stadium.

The announcement was made by both United and Greater Manchester Police. United said the package was “found in the North West Quadrant” of Old Trafford.

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.

“Those inside OT are asked to remain seated while the forecourt is cleared of fans already evacuated from the stadium,” United said.

Police with sniffer dogs were seen inside Old Trafford after the announcement was made.

Greater Manchester Police said on its Twitter page that people should “avoid the area if possible.”

The rest of the Premier League games being played on Sunday, the final day of the league season, went ahead as scheduled.

United was vying with Manchester City to finish in fourth place in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. United needed to beat Bournemouth and for City to lose at Swansea.