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Phil Hay shares more details on bomb threat that shut down Elland Road

The Athletic writer Phil Hay shares an update on the bomb threat that forced Leeds United to shut down Elland Road earlier this month.

The club received a credible bomb threat through social media, with the club closing stadium immediately. Hay believed that even though the threat was real, nothing substantial has been found yet. Leeds re-opened the stadium and club store pretty soon after the incident

“It was massively out of the blue,” Hay said on The Phil Hay Show on The Athletic. “Once we dug into it, it became clear there had been a security threat made towards the stadium, I believe.

“Clearly, you can read between the lines of what’s probably gone on there. We haven’t been given any detail beyond the age of the suspect involved and no detail about exactly what was said and what was threatened. But it was a threat that was made online that the police picked up on on Thursday night.

“A slightly odd development and one to keep eyes on. At the moment, the suspect is on police bail so we’ll see how that goes. I think once the police looked into it they saw it was a viable threat, as opposed to someone just having a joke. But I don’t believe anything was found.

“They haven’t gone into specific detail about that and I think if anything had been found, I highly doubt the stadium would have opened as quickly as it did.”

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