Man Utd 'bomb' blunder man: My business will probably go bust

The abandonment of Old Trafford is reported to have cost the club £3m and Christopher Reid has apologised for the chaos caused by his security firm

The Old Trafford fake bomb blunder that resulted in Manchester United’s clash with Bournemouth being abandoned on Sunday could result in the liquidation of the security company which misplaced the suspect package.

The Premier League club have blamed Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd (SSMS) for leaving a fake bomb training prop within the stadium after completing safety drills on Wednesday, despite claiming it was accounted for.

Christopher Reid, boss of the blamed security firm, apologised for the chaos caused by the mistake his company made and suggested that SSMS faces a turbulent future.

“The mistake is entirely mine, I have to take full responsibility for leaving the items behind,” the retired police officer told reporters outside his London residence on Monday. “The firm is probably about to go into liquidation.

“I’m sure they’re having meetings at the moment to see which guillotine they’re going to use on me. I have to take responsibility in the end, I won’t shirk my responsibility.


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“It will come out I’m sure. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, what they want me to say, or anything like this so I don’t want to compromise that at all.

“There’s a lot I want to say to the fans, but I don’t want to do that now. I’ve actually spoken to a couple of people who were there and they said don’t worry about it, everybody was fine.

“I said as long as no one was injured, and I’m really sorry they had to miss their game. There’s a lot I want to say to the fans, but I don’t want to do that now. I’ve actually spoken to a couple of people who were there and they said don’t worry about it, everybody was fine.”

Mr Reid refrained from being critical of Man Utd for failing to spot the fake pipe bomb for four days until the Bournemouth kick-off was imminent.

“There was something found, they dealt with it in the way they should have done” he added. “Whether they should have found it earlier is another issue.”

The enforced change of the final Premier League fixture of 2015-16 from Sunday to Tuesday is set to cost Man Utd £3 million.

A victory or a draw would assure Louis van Gaal’s men of a fifth-place finish in the Premier League, while defeat to Bournemouth would leave them in sixth behind Southampton.