Police have concluded their assessment of the suspicious package that led to the abandonment of today’s Manchester United-Bournmouth match, concluding that while the device was “incredibly lifelike,” it was “not viable.”
Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, has been hosting some of the preliminary matches in Olympic soccer. That means the "Brand Exclusion Zone"—the desolate no-man's-land where only official sponsor's logos and products are allowed, and all others are physically barred—isn't limited to East London.
One team is having broadcast revenue payments withheld to cover their debts. One manager might have been paid via offshore accounts to avoid taxes. And Manchester United could be forced to sell off Old Trafford itself.