The Nigerian Online Newspaper

Man U commiserate with families of electrocuted fans in Nigeria

Manchester United has sent their sympathies after Nigerian football fans were electrocuted while watching Manchester United play on Thursday night.
The Nigerian police said the fans were killed while watching the Europa League game between Manchester United and Anderlecht in the city of Calabar, Cross River State.
United sent their condolences, Tweeting: “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”
Police said a cable had fallen on the crowd at a viewing centre, after a problem with the centre’s electrical transformer.
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.”
A witness told Nigerian television he had been one of the first to escape after realising there was a problem.
He said: “I was sitting at the front seats when I saw the reflection form the transformer.
“I was the first person to run outside. Everybody was running to go out from the door.”
There had been over 30 deaths, although local police gave a lower estimate.