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Summary

  1. Match called off on police advice
  2. Suspect package found inside stadium
  3. Controlled explosion carried out
  4. Prem Lge looking to rearrange fixture

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By Luke Reddy

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Right, off the back of that summary, I am going to love and leave you all.

Apologies we couldn't bring you any action but I hope we have at least kept you abreast of what's been going on.

Stay safe and have a read of the report on this incident by clicking here.

What we know...

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If you have just watched your own side play or are indeed just joining us, here's an update.

  • Shortly before kick-off at Old Trafford, two stands were evacuated
  • It transpired a suspect package had been found in one of the corners of the stadium
  • Shortly after 15:00 BST the game was abandoned and the remaining stands evacuated
  • A bomb disposal squad was called to the stadium
  • A controlled explosion was carried out
  • Fire engines are now on scene
  • Manchester United players have left individually in their cars
  • The Premier League say the game will be played at the earliest opportunity
  • Manchester United will have to win it 19-0 to qualify for the Champions League

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Fire engines at Old Trafford
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As I mentioned in this live text right at the beginning, I actually went running past Old Trafford this morning. Right then there were people gathering, drinking in pubs, the burger vans were set up, the merchandise was being sold. It looked a picture of health.

I can't quite believe this is how the day has turned out. Of course, authorities have done a superb job in getting everyone to a safe place but what a shame this has happened at all.

Man Utd can make top four...

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A look at the Premier League table shows us Manchester United can actually still make the top four. They'd have to beat Bournemouth 19-0 though.

What a season for Southampton. They beat Crystal Palace today. You can keep abreast of all other results and manager quotes by clicking here.

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Memphis Depay was one of the first players to leave Old Trafford. 

If you look really closely he has 'M7' sewn into the headrest on each seat in his car.

Memphis Depay driving
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Fire engines on scene

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Three fire engines have just arrived at Old Trafford. They are currently in position and ready to move closer to the stadium.

Full-Time: Man City qualify for Champions League

Swansea v Man City
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Regardless of the result when this Old Trafford fixture is played, Manchester United cannot finish fourth in the Premier League - unless they somehow beat Bournemouth by 19 goals - and they will have to make do without Champions League football next season.

Manchester City draw at Swansea and that point is enough. Manuel Pellegrini will leave a club in the Champions League for Pep Guardiola to take over.

Man City closing in on Champions League

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Some updates from elsewhere and Newcastle have scored three goals with 10 men to give Spurs a right hammering.

Manchester City, crucially still drawing 1-1 at Swansea, a result which will secure fourth place. They are in injury time.

Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham No wonder these #NUFC fans want Rafa to stay! bbc.in/27p1hTP

Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham No wonder these #NUFC fans want Rafa to stay! bbc.in/27p1hTP

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Stewards were told to return to the inside of the stadium - now being sent back outside again.

Neil Ashton of The Sun newspaper informs us that stewards outside the stadium have been asked to stay there.

More and more Manchester United players are now leaving the ground in their cars. The Bournemouth team bus is still there.

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We are hearing stewards have now been allowed back into the stadium.

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Police at Old Trafford
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Still the police presence is strong, there's activity. The stadium announcer is still delivering messages over the PA system.

I guess there are many people at the clubs up and down the Premier League who train thoroughly for these situations. We should be thankful that they do.

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Just a few seconds after Greater Manchester Police announce a "controlled explosion" has been carried out we see footage of Michael Carrick and Daley Blind driving away from the stadium.

Controlled explosion

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Latest update: A controlled explosion has just been carried out within the stadium by bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford. More to follow.

Greater Manchester Police latest

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Update: Bomb disposal experts currently at Old Trafford and conducting assessment of suspicious item found before game.

The view outside

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Police on horses outside Old Trafford
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So there you have it from the Premier League. This game will be played at some stage, even if the result cannot impact upon standings it seems.

For now, as they rightly say, it's just important fans get away from the ground safely. 

These images were from a short while ago but hopefully give you some idea of the chaos the abandonment caused.

Police at Old Trafford
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'The game will definitely be played'

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This update from the Premier League at Old Trafford: "The game will definitely need to be played but there are logistical issues that need to be resolved. However, they cannot even start to begin discussing them until the police have done what they need to do here.”

Just tuning in?

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If you are just joining us, the Manchester United v Bournemouth fixture at Old Trafford was abandoned roughly an hour ago.

A suspect package was found in the ground. Initially we saw two stands evacuated, before eventually the game was called off.

Police are working with an army bomb disposal squad. As of yet we do not know when the game will be replayed.

Players were taken off the pitch during their warm up and kept in the changing rooms for some time before being let out.

Carrick's concern

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A brief rewind but this was what we saw of Michael Carrick a few moments after fans were starting to be evacuated. He looks understandably concerned.

Michael Carrick
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As it stands...

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As things stand Manchester United will drop to seventh. West Ham lead at Stoke, Manchester City are level at Swansea and Southampton are ahead against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United of course take on Palace this weekend so one would think there will be little chance of this postponed fixture being played before then.

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Bomb disposal on site

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We are beginning to receive some images of a bomb disposal squad arriving at Old Trafford.

They will sweep the entire stadium, not just the north-west quadrant where a suspicious package was discovered, leading to this game being abandoned.

Bomb Disposal Old Trafford
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Greater Manchester Police statement

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"Greater Manchester Police is working with staff at Manchester United to investigate a suspicious item that has been found at the Old Trafford stadium. "Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare said: 'We are doing everything we can to investigate this item as quickly as possible, however our priority is obviously to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area. As a result, today’s game has been abandoned and a controlled evacuation of the stadium has now taken place. “We are awaiting the imminent arrival of military colleagues to come and support us and establish what exactly we are dealing with. “We don’t make these decisions lightly and we have done this today to ensure the safety of all those attending. I am thankful for everyone’s support and assistance and we will continue to provide updates on this matter as soon as they become available.'"

Premier League statement

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"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. 

"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."

Moses to go to Wembley

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An update on the plight of Moses, who I told you a short while ago had flown in from Sierra Leone for his first Manchester United match at Old Trafford. Ian Stirling, of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust, has helped find a positive for the distraught supporter.

Update on Moses whose first game at OT today. We're paying for a change of flight date and he's going to Wembley!

Update on Moses whose first game at OT today. We're paying for a change of flight date and he's going to Wembley!

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I can tell you that broadcasters have been moved into a car park roughly 200 metres from the stadium where staff are furiously trying to set up equipment and make tweaks in order for them to get back on air - or indeed to stay on air.

Sierra Leone to Manchester for nothing

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This from the vice-chair of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust Ian Stirling. What a frustrating tale.

This is Moses. He came from Sierra Leon to watch his first match at Old Trafford. He's distraught.

This is Moses. He came from Sierra Leon to watch his first match at Old Trafford. He's distraught.

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Coleen Rooney, wife of Manchester United captain Wayne, with some good news.

We are out of the stadium fine thank you for asking, and it looks like most people are. Hopefully everything and everyone is ok.

Man Utd down to seventh

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As things stand, Manchester United would end the season seventh in the Premier League.

That would mean they would have to play this fixture as a win could take them up to fifth and into the Europe League.

Army bomb disposal squad called

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Bomb Disposal vehicle
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Manchester Evening News crime reporter John Scheerhout says he is "told army bomb disposal squad has been scrambled".

He says the entire ground will need to be searched, not just the north-west quadrant where the suspicious package was found.

A senior police official has been quoted as saying: “The current threat level of terrorism remains ‘severe’ so we would not take any chances."

Goal at Swansea

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And - thought it doesn't seem like too big of a deal when news like this breaks - Swansea are level against Manchester City in south Wales.

Andre Ayew with a deflected free-kick.

The result there could of course have an impact on whether or not this game at Old Trafford has to be played at some stage.

A trending story

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As you may expect, Twitter is being dominated by this frustrating abandonment at Old Trafford. I'll sift through some of your tweets now.

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The latest

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If you are just joining us, you can catch up on the exact goings on by clicking here and digesting our report in this incident.

In a nutshell, a suspect package was found inside Old Trafford. This led to two stands being evacuated ahead of a scheduled 15:00 BST kick-off. Since then, the game has been officially abandoned and the remainder of the ground emptied.

Sniffer dogs have been patrolling the stands but they too have now been taken inside. As far as we know, players are still inside the dressing rooms.

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Manchester Evening News' Stuart Mathieson...

#MUFC Press box last to be evacuated!

When will this be played?

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore about the game being called off - but no suggestion as yet as to when the game might be replayed.

Match abandoned

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Bournemouth fans at Old Trafford made a journey of more than 250 miles this morning. 

That's a lot of time and a lot of petrol wasted. Still, the diligence of authorities has at least kept them all safe.

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Latest from Manchester United

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Due to the discovery of a suspect package in the NW Quadrant of the ground, the match has been abandoned today on police advice. #mufc

Dogs hard at work

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Dog at Old Trafford
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Our canine friends are hard at work inside the stadium.

I've seen footage of Michael Carrick on his phone in the tunnel, probably speaking to family to fill them in on the latest.

Still dogs scurry around this famous ground, it's hard to tell what method is being deployed from the footage we can see. What I do know is that Old Trafford is completely empty in terms of fans. What a sad outcome.

Dog at Old Trafford
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Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins...

Greater Manchester Police working with Man Utd to make sure everyone is safely evacuated. @gmpolice twitter.com/bbcnwt/status/…

'No alternative'

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at Old Trafford

There are still thousands of fans inside Old Trafford's East Stand and also in the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand and the announcement has just been made over the PA that this game has been abandoned because of a security alert.

Bournemouth's fans are not happy and chant "Champions League You're Having A Laugh" - but the authorities really have no alternative in a situation like this.