Manchester United make £3 million gesture following fixture postponement

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Manchester United will refund all tickets and allow ticket holders from both clubs in for free after the abandonment of their final fixture.

A bomb scare at Old Trafford on the last day of the Premier League season saw the 76,000 seater stadium evacuated and Manchester United's match with AFC Bournemouth postponed.

The package, described as an 'incredibly realistic-looking device' in a statement issued by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), turned out to be an item left behind following a training exercise undertaken by a private company at Old Trafford earlier that week.


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Bomb experts were called to the scene and the item was later destroyed in a controlled explosion and the GMP stated that they believed the evacuation of the stadium was the right thing to do.

The saga left fans of both clubs frustrated as many had travelled long distances to attend the game, but the United hierarchy moved quickly to somewhat quash any unrest by confirming that ticket holders will receive a complete refund and entry to the rescheduled match would be free to both sets of supporters.

The gesture is reported to cost United in the region of £3 million, according to BBC Sport.

The fixture has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 17 May at 20:00 BST and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Elsewhere, Manchester City claimed a nervy point away to Swansea City in their final match of the season, and all but ended the Red Devil's hopes of beating the blue side of Manchester to Champions league qualification.

United would need to record a 19-0 victory against Bournemouth when the sides meet thanks to City's superior goal difference.

Despite the frustrations of officials, staff, players, and fans alike, all involved parties will undoubtedly be pleased that the evacuation of England's largest domestic football stadium took place in an orderly and efficient manner and that nobody was injured.

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