It’s slow hand clap time, people. You know the ‘suspicious package’ that caused Old Trafford to be evacuated and Man United’s final league game to be postponed? Turns out it wasn’t a terrorist threat, but the result of an incomplete tidying up operation.
A member of the public (rightly, I must add) alerted the authorities after discovering a dodgy-looking contraption -- reportedly a phone strapped to piping -- in some toilets at the Theatre of Dreams. The stadium was promptly evacuated (players and home fans first, of course), the game was called off and a bomb disposal team carried out a controlled explosion within Old Trafford.
However, the item that triggered all of the panic was neither a bomb nor a sick hoax. It was accidentally left there by a private company, which had been using it as part of a training exercise for explosive search dogs. Dogs that need to up their game, it seems.
It’s been a bizarre few days for United’s players and coaching staff. Last week they were involved in another hairy moment, when a section of West Ham fans blocked their coach and pelted it with bottles ahead of the final ever match at Upton Park. That’ll keep them grounded. [BBC]