Close to 30 fans are feared dead in Calabar, Nigeria, after a high tension cable fell on them whilst watching Thursday night’s Europa league game between Manchester United and Anderlecht.
The fans were at a viewing centre watching the game when the cable fell on the building, leading to their electrocution.
According to the police, the cable runs close to the building and inexplicably fell during the game.
“Around 10pm we were called that an incident that has happened so immediately our men went there.” a statement read.
“According to the information we gathered the high tension electric cable that was very close to the viewing centre fell on the building.” it added.
Nigeria’s News Agency reports as many as 30 have died in the tragedy.
Manchester United responded to the tragedy on twitter, sending out this tweet early Friday.
“Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”
United won the game 2-1 in extra time, to pick up a 3-2 aggregate victory and qualify for the semi finals of the tournament.
Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/WGnHAxpjMV
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2017