Power line kills Nigerian fans watching Manchester United match

The fans had been watching Manchester United's Europa League quarterfinal second leg match at a viewing centre in Nigeria.

The fans had been watching Manchester United's Europa League quarterfinal second leg match at a viewing centre in Nigeria.

Seven Nigerian football fans have died when a high-powered electricity line fell onto a building where they were watching Manchester United Europa League game against Anderlecht on television late on Thursday (Friday NZ Time), police said.

Another 11 people were injured, one of them critically, in in the coastal city of Calabar, an officer added.

A transformer exploded, sending a high-tension power wire falling onto the building's roof during the broadcast of the Europa League quarterfinal, Tony Ine, a local resident who was walking past at the time, told Reuters.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences on Friday (Saturday NZT), as did Manchester United on their Twitter account: "Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria."

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