The world football governing body, FIFA, Manchester United FC of England (Man U) and the British High Commission in Nigeria, have sent condolences to the families of football fans who died while watching Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League match against Anderlecht.
No fewer than 30 people died in Calabar after an electricity cable fell on the roof of the viewing centre where they were watching Manchester United versus Anderlecht on Thursday night.
“Our thoughts go out to the Manchester United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy yesterday in Calabar, Nigeria,’’ the club wrote on its Twitter handle on Friday.
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
FIFA also commiserated with the family and friends of the victims.
“FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar & offer our deepest condolences to family & friends of the victims.”
FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar & offer our deepest condolences to family & friends of the victims
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 21, 2017
The British High Commission in Nigeria said: “Our deepest sympathy for the loss of lives in Calabar during a Europa League football match between.”
The Nigerian Police contradicted earlier reports on the tragedy.
It said the incident was the result of an issue with an electrical transformer at the viewing centre in which the fans had gathered.
A police statement said: “Around 10pm we were called that an incident that has happened so immediately our men went there.
“Until this morning we have about seven persons dead, we have 10 that have been admitted to hospital and another one in intensive care.
“According to the information we gathered the high tension electric cable that was very close to the viewing centre fell on the building.”