Premier League giants, Manchester United, have sent condolences to the over 30 Nigerian football fans that died in Calabar while watching the club’s Europa League clash on Thursday night.
It was a black Thursday for football loving fans in Calabar, Cross Rivers State capital, as the affected supporters were electrocuted by a high tension cable that reportedly fell on them.
It is understood that the football fans assembled at the centre to watch the second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht on satellite television.
Manchester United won the match 3-2 aggregate, with Marcus Rashford netting the winner in the 107th minute.
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
Earlier today, the Red Devils on Friday tweeted: “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”
Also, the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed shock over the event, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
In the statement, the President commiserated with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the incident.
Buhari also commended the state government for the prompt action in setting up a commission of inquiry into the incident, and its offer of assistance to the victims and their families.
The statement read, “The President offers his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the mostly young victims, whose sudden demise is a big blow not only to their families, but also to the football-loving nation.
“He prays that God Almighty will grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and comfort all who mourn their irreparable loss.”