Manchester United mourns fans killed in Nigeria tragedy

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English football club Manchester United sent a condolence message to Nigerians after football fans were electrocuted while watching Manchester United play on Thursday night.

Nigerian police say the fans were killed while watching the Europa League game between United and Anderlecht in the city of Calabar.

Local media in the country report at least 30 people to have died in the incident, though local police put the figure at seven.

Through their Twitter handle, the Red Devils said their thoughts were with the fans and their families.

“Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday,” the tweet read.

 

Police said a cable had fallen on the crowd at a viewing centre, after a problem with the centre’s electrical transformer.

Manchester United won that game 2-1 thanks to a Marcus Rashford extra-time goal that ensured they progressed into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The Red Devils will now face Spanish side Celta Vigo, seeking to reach the finals of the competition.

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