The head of the security firm responsible for leaving a fake bomb at Old Trafford, resulting in the abandonment of Manchester United’s final home game, has apologised.
Chris Reid, head of security at Security Search Management Company, made the statement after a prop bomb was left behind after a training exercise the company conducted at Old Trafford.
He said: “I am absolutely devastated that a lapse in my working protocols has resulted in many people being disappointed, frightened and inconvenienced.
“Nothing I can say will rectify that”.
Man United’s final home game of the season on 15 May was later re-scheduled for the following Tuesday 17 May. United went on to clinch a Europa League place, after a convincing 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said on Monday: “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.”
Following on from Sunday, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd called for an inquiry and described the incident as ‘unacceptable’.