Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Manchester United Issue Facts Around Postponed Game

Mon 16th May 2016 | Safety & Security

Manchester United have released a statement outlining ‘the facts’ surrounding the evacuation of Old Trafford on Sunday.  

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement released by the club: “The safety of the fans is our number one aim at every event we host at Old Trafford.  Overall, I'm proud of how our staff responded.” 

Following intense speculation as to what happened at the stadium on Sunday which led to the cancellation of United’s final home game of the season versus AFC Bournemouth, Woodward outlined the following points:

• On the discovery of a suspect package, the police and the club worked quickly and closely to identify the threat, make people safe and evacuate the ground calmly and efficiently.
• Fans of both clubs behaved impeccably and the evacuation – the first of its type in the UK – was a complete success.
• Following investigation, the device proved to have been left in error following the training of dog handlers by a sub contractor.
• The contractor had signed the device as having been recovered along with the 13 other devices at the end of the exercise. 
• That device could not have been detected by sniffer dogs on the routine matchday search of the 100 Club, as it contained no explosives and was used in an exercise training handlers not dogs.

 

He added: “Once a live situation was identified, the club and police had no option but to treat the matter as a potential terror threat; we could not have assumed it was a training exercise error. Presented with the same situation in the future, we would take the same action.

“We have worked very closely with the police and counter-terrorism specialists for many years now and enjoy their support on a daily basis.

“For tomorrow’s (Tuesday) rearranged match against Bournemouth, we are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to ensure that robust security measures continue to be of the highest priority.

“We are conducting a detailed evaluation with the help of the police and will share our findings across the rest of the game. Valuable lessons will have been learned from yesterday’s events and it is important that those are shared with other stadium operators to ensure that the safety of the public remains the first duty of us all.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

Tripleplay 468 banner V2 (468x60_Animated_v2.gif)
RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION
SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED
 
If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.

 

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

SGSA Issues Cladding Safety Checks Guidance

Mon 3rd Jul 2017 | Safety & Security

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) has issued guidance to sports grounds with specific reference to external cladding. The investigation into the tragedy at Grenfell Tower is ongoing and...

SGSA Response To The Increased Terror Threat Level

Wed 24th May 2017 | Safety & Security

The Sports Ground Safety Authority, the UK Government’s expert body on safety at sports grounds has issued a statement in response to the increased terror threat following events in Manchester...

Counter-Terror Preparation Essential For Stadium Security

Wed 12th Apr 2017 | Safety & Security

With the current threat from international terrorism in the UK remaining at severe - as it has done since August 2014 – and amidst Tuesday night's bomb attack on the Dortmund team bus ahead of...

FIFA To Identify & Recruit Female Security Officers

Wed 17th Feb 2016 | Safety & Security

FIFA have said they will seek to recruit more female Security Officers in a bid to address the gender balance within the field of security. With safety and security at football events across the world...