- Nigerian media say over 30 fans were killed while watching Manchester United
- Police say there are seven confirmed deaths and another 11 people in hospital
- The supporters were electrocuted in a viewing centre in the city of Calabar
- United were playing Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter finals on Thursday
Manchester United have sent their sympathies after Nigerian 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.
United sent their condolences, tweeting: ‘Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.’
Nigerian football fans have been killed while watching Manchester United in Calabar
Manchester United sent their sympathies to Nigeria via Twitter after the tragedy was reported
Police said a cable had fallen on the crowd at a viewing centre, after a problem with the centre’s electrical transformer.
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.’
Manchester United won the match against Anderlecht to reach the Europa league last four
A witness told Nigerian television he had been one of the first to escape after realising there was a problem.
He said: ‘I was sitting at the front seats when I saw the reflection form the transformer.
‘I was the first person to run outside. Everybody was running to go out from the door.’
The News Agency of Nigeria reported there had been over 30 deaths, although local police gave a lower estimate.
The British High Commission in Nigeria said: ‘Our deepest sympathy for the loss of lives in Calabar during a Europa League football match between.’