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Manchester United Match Abandoned Over Suspicious Package

Last Updated May 15, 2016 10:41 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England - (CBS NEWS) Manchester United's home game against Bournemouth in the Premier League has been abandoned after a suspect package was found inside Old Trafford stadium.

Greater Manchester police said on its Twitter page Sunday that the match had been abandoned.

Two stands inside Old Trafford - The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End - were evacuated about 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time of 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT), with United saying "a suspect package was found in the North West Quadrant."

Fans in other stands initially had been allowed to stay inside the stadium.

Police are asking people to "avoid the area if possible."

The rest of the Premier League games being played on Sunday, the final day of the season, went ahead as scheduled.

European officials have been on high alert at sporting events since the November 13 Paris attacks when extremists attempted to blow themselves up inside the stadium at an international friendly between France and Germany. Security guards were able to stop the suicide bombers before they entered the stadium itself.

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