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Police investigating suspicious item at Old Trafford

Fans were evacuated after a 'code red' announcement before the match was officially called off. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Greater Manchester Police says it is working with staff at Manchester United to investigate a suspicious object that was found in the stands at Old Trafford.

The club's final match of the season was called off this afternoon after the item was discovered in the stadium.

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.

– Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare, GMP

Manchester United v Bournemouth abandoned amid security fears

Fans were evacuated from the stadium after a 'code red' announcement. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth has been abandoned after a suspect package was found in the stands at Old Trafford.

Fans were evacuated from the north and west stands before the match was officially called off.

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UEFA asks for clubs' statements as it investigates chants

UEFA has asked for statements from both Manchester United and Liverpool, after the governing body announced it was investigating reports of illicit chanting in their Europa League ties.

Both north-west clubs last week found themselves subject to a host of disciplinary proceedings following disturbances during last Thursday's last-16 second-leg tie at Old Trafford.

However, only Liverpool were initially charged with illicit chanting, despite claims some sections of the United support chanted about the Hillsborough disaster in both legs.

"UEFA has recently been made aware of several reports concerning alleged illicit chanting on the occasion of the UEFA Europa League ties between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC of 10 and 17 March 2016.

"As a result, a UEFA ethics and disciplinary inspector decided to investigate further and gather potential evidence.

"The two clubs have thus been asked to provide statements relating to the alleged incidents within 10 days."

– UEFA statement

Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Louis van Gaal's men.

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