The owner of Security Search Management and Solutions Ltd, which caused the mass evacuation of Old Trafford on Sunday, was also part of the London 2012 Olympics security fiasco working for G4S, it has been revealed.
Chris Reid, a former Counter Terrorist Police Search Advisor (PolSA) at the Met Police, owns the security firm that led to Manchester United’s final home game against Bournemouth being postponed after a security blunder.
It has since been revealed that the security expert worked for G4S in the lead-up and during the London 2012 Olympics, which is widely thought to be one of the biggest security blunders in sporting history.
After been made the official “security services provider” for the Games, the security firm had to admit to the government that it “would not be able to deliver the numbers of security personnel that they had promised”, a blunder that cost as much as £70 million.
The cost of postponing Sunday’s game will also be significant. Manchester United has said it will refund every ticket holder, Manchester United and Bournemouth – 76,000 people – and let them come to the stadium for free on Tuesday, at a cost of more than £3 million.