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Manchester United Sympathizes with Nigerians over Calabar Tragedy

The venue where several football fans watching a Europa League semi-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht were allegedly electrocuted in Nyakasang, Atimbo area of Calabar on Thursday (21/4/17) night. 
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One of the biggest clubs in the English Premier League Manchester United has expressed sympathy to lovers of the round leather game who died in Calabar while watching the quarter final match between Man U and Anderlecht on Thursday night which the former won 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the semi-final stage.

While it was a happy day for lovers of the club who are targetting to win the Europa league so as to be guaranteed a place in the next year Champions League, it was a sad day for fans in Calabar after an electric cable fell on them at a viewing center.

Initially, there were reports that about 30 fans died from the incident but a journalist in Calabar told TVC that seven people died while 11 others sustained critical injuries.

Meanwhile, the club has sympathized with Nigerians when it tweeted: “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”

A survivor, in an interview with journalists according to the report on Channels Television, revealed that a transformer near the viewing centre located in the Inyang-Esu area of Calabar Municipal Local Government Area, exploded during the match. He said the explosion caused the electric cable to drop on the viewing centre.