Manchester United have sent a condolence message to the families of at least seven people have died after an electric cable fell on fans watching the Red Devils Europa league quarter-final against Anderlecht on TV in Calabar.
At least 30 people were taken to hospital by local ambulances and police who arrived quickly at the scene.
English football has a large and passionate following in Nigeria.
Eyewitnesses describe hearing a loud explosion from an electrical transformer which caused the cable to fall.
One man told local media that the venue had a roof made out of zinc, which transferred the electricity to those inside.
An eyewitness told the BBC he had counted at least 16 bodies at the scene of the accident.
It has been reported that scores of fans managed to escape.
Manchester United has responded by tweeting its condolences to the victims and their families.
President Muhammadu Buhari has also sent his condolences.
A statement from State House said Mr. Buhari was “shocked and saddened” to learn of the tragic event.
The death of “the mostly young victims” the statement adds, “is a big blow not only to their families but also to the football-loving nation”.
Manchester United defeat Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate in a dramatic encounter after the Belgian side leveled up to force the host into extra time.
United will now face Celta Vigo in the semi-final on May 4 in Spain and the return leg at Old Trafford on May 11.
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