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Suspicious Package At Old Trafford Leads To Match Abandonment [UPDATING]

Manchester United’s match against Bournemouth has been abandoned after a “Code Red” situation led to stands being evacuated and the discovery of a suspicious package.

The match had originally been delayed for 45 minutes before officials elected to abandon the match. It’s one of only a few that actually matter on this “Championship Sunday” in the EPL, as teams fight for their positions in the UEFA club competitions.


We’ll update this post as more news becomes available.

Update (10:25 a.m.): BBC is speculating if Manchester City maintains its lead over Swansea—currently 1-0—the match may not ever be played, as Manchester United would not be able to climb into the top four to qualify for the Champions League. Also:

Update (10:35 a.m.):


Update (10:55 a.m.): The Sun’s Neil Ashton told NBC the bomb squad would be using a “controlled explosion” to deal with the suspicious package.

Update (11:08 a.m.): Less important, but still heartbreaking:


Update (11:22 a.m.):


Update (11:41 a.m.): NBC is reporting the players are finally being permitted to leave Old Trafford with a police escort.

Update (11:46 a.m.):

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