At least seven football fans electrocuted watching TV in Nigeria

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

The English Premier League giants, Manchester United, have sent condolences to Nigerian football fans that died in Calabar while watching the club's Europa League clash on Thursday night.

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has expressed sadness over the death of some football fans in Calabar, who were electrocuted while watching Europa League quarter-final game on Thursday.

Reports have initially put the dead at 30 but the police said Friday morning that seven people died while scores were injured in the tragedy.

Police said a cable had fallen on the crowd at a viewing centre, after a problem with the centre's electrical transformer. 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. I can't believe that the people I was chatting and joking with a few minutes ago are all gone in a most anguishing way.

"It was a disgusting sight to behold".

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

United netted an extra time victor through Marcus Rashford, in between scoring two disallowed goals.

The President on Friday in Abuja commiserated with the government and people of Cross River and football fans nationwide over the unfortunate incident.

Manchester United has responded by tweeting its condolences to the victims and their families.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said he was "shocked and saddened" by the deaths.

Other reports by VgToday

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