According to Cheshire police, a search of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire’s home was undertaken after he received a bomb threat on Thursday, just two days after Manchester United’s 4–0 loss to Liverpool, which ended the club’s hopes of finishing in the league’s top four.
According to the BBC, Cheshire Police were alerted to reports of a bomb threat at an address in the Wilmslow area on Wednesday (20 April).
Maguire resides at the said address with his two young children with fiancée, Fern Hawkins.
“There were no evacuations, but a police explosives dog was dispatched to the home today afternoon, Thursday 21 April, to undertake a search of the gardens and surrounding area as a precaution,” said the report.
The police also added that they found no telltale signs of a potential attack, therefore no arrests have been made as of yet.
As stated by Maguire’s spokesman, “Harry has received a significant threat to his family home in the last 24 hours,”
“Obviously, Harry’s top priority is the safety of his family and those around him.”
He also confirmed that Maguire will continue to push forward as usual for this weekend’s match.
Maguire has been a frequent target of both United and England fans on social media since his £80 million move to Manchester United in 2019, earning him the title of ‘the most expensive defender of all time.’
In 2020, the captain was also found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult. He was arrested on holiday in Mykonos.
Last night, Soccer Stories also posted a Youtube video explaining the situation in a neutral manner, addressing the circumstances behind the player’s newfound infamy.
“Football is a game that brings us together and we invite you to be respectful of its players. Humour, yes, but always with respect,” they said.
Only a small fraction of fans adorned Maguire’s social media profiles with positive comments, asking netizens to cut him some slack and stop making jokes which could endanger his life.