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Published: 15:09 | 15/5/16

Man Utd's match with Bournemouth abandoned

Suspect package found at Old Trafford

Manchester United's Premier League match with Bournemouth has been abandoned after a suspect package was found at Old Trafford.

22,000 supporters in the Stretford End and the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand were evacuated due to a code red security alert after a package was found attached to a pipe, and Greater Manchester Police subsequently confirmed that the match would not go ahead.

A bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion on the package at about 16:30 BST, and GMP later tweeted: "Full assessment now concluded and found device wasn’t viable. A full search of the stadium is ongoing. Full update to follow."

Manchester United executive vice-president Ed Woodward reportedly spoke to Premier League chief Richard Scudamore before the announcement.

"The decision to abandon the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth match was taken after the police advised of the necessity to deal with a suspect package," a Premier League statement read.

"When it comes to matters of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of supporters and employees foremost.

"The Premier League will seek to rearrange the fixture as soon as practically possible and will advise fans accordingly.

"It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so."

All other games on the final day of the season started on time, including Manchester City's meeting with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Manchester City drew 1-1 with the Swans to all but guarantee fourth place and a Champions League play-off place by virtue of their superior goal difference over their city neighbours.

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