Manchester United Condoles With Nigerian Fans Over Viewing Centre Tragedy

Vincent De Villiers
Abril 21, 2017

Witnesses reported that the live electricity cable broke from its mooring and fell on the viewers.

The fans were said to have gathered at the centre in Atimbo area of Calabar to watch the UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and RSC Anderlecht when the ugly incident occurred.

Manchester United tweeted to say the team's thoughts go out to those affected by the tragedy.

The incident happened in the southern port city of Calabar yesterday during a quarterfinal between Manchester United and Anderlecht being shown on satellite television, the police said.

"It was a frightful sight to behold".

Police confirmed at least seven are dead and 10 more were are critically injured.

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As many as 80 supporters are believed to have been crammed inside the building for the extra-time win. When I turned back to go inside the viewing centre, I saw a cable coming down on the centre and this killed the viewers in the hall. "This world is vain".

State governor Ben Ayade said: "It was heart-wrenching that the lives of the young men were lost through electrocution".

Marcus Rashford celebrates his extra-time victor against Anderlecht with teammates.

President Muhammdu Buhari has sent his condolence to the Cross River State Government and families who lost ones in the Calabar viewing centre tragedy, Thursday night.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari prayed that God grants the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourned their irreparable loss.

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