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More than 30 Manchester United fans in Nigeria electrocuted watching Europa League clash

Mirror logo Mirror 21/04/2017 Patrick Lion
More than 30 Manchester United fans in Nigeria electrocuted watching Europa League clash © Mirror More than 30 Manchester United fans in Nigeria electrocuted watching Europa League clash

More than 30 Manchester United fans in Nigeria have been electrocuted watching the club's Europa League clash, it has been reported.

Authorities in the African nation have described the loss as tragic and horrifying after the disaster at a viewing centre in Calabar on Thursday.

Local media reported no fewer than 30 fans died watching the match against Anderlecht yesterday after an issue with a high tension cable.

Witnesses have described how they saw a flash of light from a transformer which sent fans scurrying, packing them together before a cable fell on them.

Speaking in broken English, one witness told local television: "I was sitting at the front seats when I saw the reflection form the transformer.

"I was the first person to run outside.

"Everybody saw the reflection of the light from the transformer.

"Everybody was running to go out from the door.

"As they were running, everybody was jam-packing themselves. Because the high tension (cable) fall on top, (it) contacted everybody there."

The government has promised to investigate the incident, Nan reports.

Gov. Ben Ayade said: “The incident marks a dark chapter in the life of the state where the precious lives of football lovers have been lost.

“At this point in time, it is sad to know that the victims lost their lives at a viewing centre where they usually converge, at their leisure time to watch their matches’’, Ayade said.

The club today tweeted: "Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday."

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


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