Dozens electrocuted to death while watching Europa League match in Calabar

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Photo: Venue where Man U fans watching a Europa League quarter final match were electrocuted in Nyakasang, Calabar, Nigeria.

No fewer than 30 people died in Calabar after an electricity cable fell on the roof of the viewing centre where they were watching Manchester United play against Anderlecht on Thursday night.

The police said the incident was the result of an issue with an electrical transformer at the viewing centre in which the fans had gathered.

A police statement said: “Around 10pm we were called that an incident that has happened so immediately our men went there.

“Until this morning we have about seven persons dead, we have 10 that have been admitted to hospital and another one in intensive care.

“According to the information we gathered the high tension electric cable that was very close to the viewing centre fell on the building.”

Football governing body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) expressed sadness over the death of the football fans.

“FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar and offer our deepest condolences to family and friends of the victims,” the world football body wrote on its Twitter handle on Friday.

Manchester United FC also sent condolences to the families of the football fans who lost their lives.

“Our thoughts go out to the Manchester United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy yesterday in Calabar, Nigeria,” the club wrote on its Twitter handle on Friday.

The British High Commission in Nigeria added: “Our deepest sympathy for the loss of lives in Calabar during a Europa League football match between.”

Manchester United won the game 2-1 and qualified for the semi-finals of the competition. They will face Spanish side, Celta Vigo, in the semi-finals, while Ajax of Netherlands will meet Lyon of France.

Venue where Man U fans watching a Europa League quarter final match were electrocuted in Nyakasang.

“Our thoughts go out to the Manchester United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy yesterday in Calabar, Nigeria,’’ the club wrote on its Twitter handle on Friday.
The condolence message was not posted on the club’s website.
The British High Commission in Nigeria added: “Our deepest sympathy for the loss of lives in Calabar during a Europa League football match between.”
The Nigerian Police contradicted earlier reports on the tragedy.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria correspondent, 30 persons died in the incident.

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