Yesterday, Manchester United’s final Premier League fixture of the season at Old Trafford was abandoned following the discovery of a ‘bomb’ inside the stadium.
After a controlled explosion of the device by a bomb disposal unit, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the suspect package was ‘an incredibly lifelike, but non-viable explosive device’.
As it turns out, a security company is said to have accidentally left the dummy bomb at Old Trafford after being used in a training exercise involving sniffer dogs, The Independent reports.
— United Ways (@UtdWays) May 15, 2016
The public isn’t happy, and the company is now facing calls for a full inquiry.
Greater Manchester’s mayor and police and crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd, branded the scare a ‘fiasco’ that had put people in danger.
People have also taken to social media, saying they are ‘angered’ over the situation and ’embarrassed’ for both the security company and Manchester United.
— Stephen Stokes (@stokesy_95_) May 15, 2016
Two main emotions:
1. Relief that it wasn't the threat we feared
2. Anger that such an incident was possible. A monumental error.#MUFC
— James Coatsworth (@j_coatsworth) May 15, 2016
Today has turned out to be more embarrassing for #mufc than transfer deadline day in September 2013.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) May 15, 2016
Others have seen the funny side:
— SeanThorpe (@ch1ves) May 15, 2016
— ashish_MUFC (@futbolpogs) May 15, 2016
— Row Zed (@row_zed) May 15, 2016
The fake bomb – which was said to have been a mobile phone taped to a gas pipe in the toilets – was found just minutes before Manchester United were due on the pitch, leading to the Barclays Premier League game against Bournemouth to be postponed.
The entire stadium – which holds over 75,000 – was evacuated as bomb disposal experts were called in when the ‘incredibly lifelike’ training device sparked a red alert.
The rescheduled match against Bournemouth will now take place at 8pm on Tuesday.