Europa League: English Fans Celebrate, Nigerian Fans Mourn 30 fans

By Ikenga Chronicles April 21, 2017

What ought to be fun, turned out to be tragedy in Calabar, after about 30 fans watching the ‎ Europa League football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht died on Thursday night .

Reports say they were electrocuted by a high tension cable which fell on them after a transformer close to the viewing center exploded in the Iyang-Esu area‎ of the Cross River. State capital.

Recounting his ordeal, a survivor who spoke to PUNCH amid sobs ,said “ It happened during the match between Manchester United and Anderlecht . I heard a deafening bang . I rushed out to see what was happening . When I turned back to go inside the viewing centre , I saw a cable coming down on the centre and this electrocuted the viewers in the hall.

“ It was a horrible sight to behold . I wish I didn ’ t come out to watch the match . Come to think of it , I have DStv at home but I enjoy watching matches at viewing centres . I could have been dead. I can ’ t believe that the people I was chatting and joking with a few minutes ago are all gone in a most anguishing way . This world is vain . ”

A resident, who also spoke to PUNCH feared that about said eighty persons were in the hall when the cable came down .

The resident said , “ The whole thing happened within a minute or two . It happened about 9: 48 pm . Those that died have been taken to the mortuary. A few that survived have been taken to hospitals . ”

However, the tragedy has been confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer , Cross River State Command , Irene Ugbo , who stated that the number of casualties would be confirmed on Friday ( today) .

Meanwhile, the game ended 2-1 in favour of Manchester United, but it’s unfortunate that the affected fans could not see the end of the game.

A wonder winning goal from Marcus Rashford was enough to hand in the Jose Mourinho men a Semi-Final ticket.

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