Fake bomb sees United game abandoned on final day of season

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May 16, 2016
West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Jacob, Left, and Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo battle for the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool United at the The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England yesterday. (AP Photo)
Security stewards stand outside Old Trafford stadium after today's final football match of the season between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth was abandoned due to a suspect package being found inside the stadium. yesterday. (AP Photo)
AP Fans leave the stands after a security announcement ahead of the start for the English Premier League fotball match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, yesterday.
Leicester's Jamie Vardy (right) fails to score past Chelsea's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (centre) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday.(AP Photo)
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Police dismantled a fake bomb inside Old Trafford on an unnerving final day of the Premier League season that forced the abandonment of Manchester United's game against Bournemouth before kick-off yesterday.

The 380th and final game of an unpredictable season will now be played tomorrow night at the same venue, but FA Cup finalist United cannot realistically qualify for the Champions League after crosstown rival Manchester City effectively secured fourth place yesterday.

Two stands in United's 75,000-capacity stadium in northern England were initially evacuated before the scheduled 3 p.m. kick-off time. As military personnel arrived, the remaining fans and the players were ordered to leave England's second biggest football stadium.

The unsettling incident for fans came at the climax of the most unpredictable Premier League season.

Leicester were crowned champions earlier this month and completed the first title-winning season in the club's 132-year history with a 1-1 draw at manager Claudio Ranieri's former club, Chelsea.

Danny Drinkwater cancelled out Cesc Fabregas' penalty to ensure that Leicester, which narrowly avoided relegation a year ago, ended this campaign with only three losses in the 38 games.

Leicester finished the season with 81 points compared with 41 a year ago 10 points above Arsenal, which overhauled north London rival Tottenham to claim second place in a dramatic finale.

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Tottenham had been Leicester's closest challenger for the title, but failed to win their last four games, culminating in a humiliating 5-1 loss against 10-man Newcastle, which had already been relegated. That allowed Arsenal to climb into second place after Olivier Giroud's hat-trick powered Arsene Wenger's team to a 4-0 rout of bottom-place Aston Villa.

Man City's priority was securing fourth place. They were held 1-1 by Swansea. Southampton completed the campaign in style, beating FA Cup finalist Crystal Palace 4-1.

Everton responded to the firing of manager Roberto Martinez by beating relegated Norwich 3-0. Quique Sanchez Flores signed off from Watford with a 2-2 draw against Sunderland. Liverpool drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion to finish eighth.

West Ham finished one place higher in seventh despite losing 2-1 at Stoke.

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