Manchester United will honor Calabar victims

Will wear black armbands in memory of seven dead fans

Manchester United has announced via Twitter that their players will wear black armbands during their Sunday, April 30th Premier League match against Swansea City in commemoration of the seven fans who died while watching a football game in Calabar, Nigeria.

Last week, local police reported that seven died and many were injured after a high tension electric cable broke and fell on the roof of a football viewing center, where dozens of fans were watching a Europa League match between Manchester United and Anderlecht. According to witnesses, a nearby transformer suffered two small explosions, which may have caused the cable to fall, although an investigation into why the accident occurred is currently underway. Also, the local police say that the roof was made of zinc, which conducted the electricity easier to those watching inside the building. 30 fans had to be taken to the hospital after the accident, and the death toll, while currently seven, may potentially rise.

The Nigerian Professional Football League is currently on midseason break, so they have decided to commemorate the disaster with their first match coming off the break, a match between defending champion Rangers versus Kano Pillars. According to the League Management Company, both teams will wear black armbands in memory of the victims. Additionally, a moment of silence will be held by both teams before kickoff. LMC chairman Shehu Dikko said,

“Our sympathy at the NPFL goes to the families of the dead fans and we pray that their souls rest in peace. They will be honored during our rescheduled game between Rangers and Pillars in Enugu this Sunday. Football is a universal game driving passion in men, women, boys, girls, the rich and the poor hence we have to commiserate with the unfortunate 30 who could also have died in a stadium.”

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