Police: Suspicious package at Old Trafford was fake bomb for training
The suspicious package that was discovered at Old Trafford which caused a match between Manchester United and Bournemouth to be abandoned was a fake bomb that was left at the stadium from an earlier security exercise, police say.
According to multiple reports, the package discovered was a cell phone strapped to a gas pipe. The device was destroyed in a controlled explosion by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford, Manchester United confirmed.
The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, the Premier League announced.
The season finale for the two teams was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET, but fans were told to evacuate the stadium just 15 minutes before kick off and players and coaches left the field.
Fans still inside of the stadium were asked to stay in their seats while authorities cleared out people that had already exited.
Manchester United is hoping to qualify for the Champions League by defeating Bournemouth and having Manchester City lose to Swansea on the final day of the EPL season.