Friday 30 September 2016

Manchester United make welcome gesture to fans following Old Trafford evacuation

Simon Rice

Published 16/05/2016 | 08:42

A sniffer dog patrols the stands after fans were evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
A sniffer dog patrols the stands after fans were evacuated from the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Manchester United and Bournemouth fans will be fully refunded and given free access to Tuesday's rearranged Premier League game at Old Trafford.

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Yesterday's match was called off following the discovery of a suspect package at the Theatre of Dreams. It was later made safe in a controlled explosion, with the police later revealing that the 'device' inside the stadium had been left behind from a training excercise.

All fans will be refunded and entry to Tuesday's match will be free, Manchester Untied announced.

The game will also be shown live on Sky Sports.

With a draw Manchester United can move up to fifth whilst a virtualy impossible win by 19 goals would see the Red Devils finish fourth. A win for Bournemouth would see the club move from 16th to 13th in the final table.

Hours after the evacuation Manchester United announced the rescheduling: "We can confirm that today's abandoned fixture between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth will be played on Tuesday 17 May at 8:00pm.

"We would like to thank Manchester United's staff, the police and other emergency services for all their efforts today as well as rearranging the match for this coming Tuesday.

"Both Manchester ‎United and AFC Bournemouth's management has been extremely helpful in reaching a swift resolution, which is the best possible given today's events."

(© Independent News Service)

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