Manchester United: Inquiry Ordered For Dummy Bomb Scare

Manchester United supporters at Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans at Old Trafford, Manchester, May 15, 2016. The ground was evacuated after a dummy bomb was found in a toilet in the north-west corner. Alex Livesey/Getty

An inquiry has been ordered into the bomb scare at Old Trafford that caused Sunday's game between Manchester United and Bournemouth to be abandoned.

The discovery of a suspicious device in the north-west quadrant of the ground in a toilet caused the Stretford End and Sir Alex Ferguson Stand to be evacuated, while other supporters remained in their seats.

A controlled explosion was then carried out, but the bomb was found to be a training device left by a private security company.

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd called the situation a "fiasco" and called for a full inquiry.

"Following today's [Sunday's] controlled explosion, we have since found out that the item was a training device which had accidentally been left by a private company following a training exercise involving explosive search dogs," Assistant Chief Constable John O'Hare of the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

The BBC reports that an inquiry will now be held into how the security breach occurred, with a game that could have been crucial for United's UEFA Champions League hopes now set to be replayed on Tuesday evening.

All tickets for the game for home and away ticket-holders will be refunded, while United season ticket holders will be given a credit for the game.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward liaised with English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore on Sunday, with the latter signing off on the game being held over until Tuesday.