Friday 28 October 2016

'No panic' but Irish fans are left disappointed

David Kearns

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Irish fans in Manchester yesterday
Irish fans in Manchester yesterday

Irish Manchester United fans have spoken of their disappointment after Old Trafford was evacuated following the discovery of the suspect package among the packed stands.

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Gareth McCann (30) said no stewards or officials explained what was happening as thousands of fans were told to leave the stadium.

"The atmosphere was very relaxed, considering what was going on. The fans just filed out of the stadium very calmly. When word started circulating that a suspect package had been found, there was no panic.

"Still, not one official said anything to us. Everything we heard, we read online or got by word of mouth."

He learned later the match had been cancelled.

"It is very disappointing of course...It's not great to hear what the actual reason was, but that's life isn't it," he said, adding he won't be returning for the re-scheduled match against Bournemouth tomorrow.

Louise Berney, membership secretary of the Manchester United Supporters' Club Ireland (Dublin), said: "After about 20 minutes we were told that the game was called off and everyone just left...Obviously, a lot of fans like myself are disappointed after coming over but at the end of the day it's safety first."

Irish Independent

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