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Manchester United mourns fans electrocuted in Nigeria while watching match

Survivors of Calabar electrocution in hospital Survivors of Calabar electrocution in hospital
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Abril, 2017, 20:12

A survivor of the tragic incident told newsmen that a transformer near the viewing centre located in the Iyang-Esu area of the Calabar Municipal Local Government Area exploded during the match and caused a high-tension cable to drop on the viewing centre.

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.

Up to 30 Manchester United fans are feared dead after a falling power cable electrocuted them as they watched the Red Devils in action last night.

United have sent their sympathies to those caught up in the tragedy, with the incident casting a shadow over a 2-1 extra-time victory for Jose Mourinho's side at Old Trafford. "This world is vain".

Police confirmed at least seven were killed but officials fear the toll could be far higher after the tragedy in Nigeria, with ten more said to be critically injured.

"We have one person in the intensive care in the hospital", she said.

Local Ukeme Joseph said he believed at least 20 people had died after the wire collapsed onto the Calabar viewing centre.

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

Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari also shared his condolence through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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

In the statement, the President commiserated with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the incident.