FIFA mourns with families & friends of victims of Calabar viewing centre tragedy

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World football governing body, FIFA has expressed sadness over the death of some football fans in Calabar, Cross River State who were electrocuted while watching a Europa league quarterfinal match on Thursday.

Over 37 people were confirmed dead and many injured as electric cable from a high tension installation fell on the roof of the makeshift bar where they were watching the match between Manchester United and Anderletch.

The football governing body through its official Twitter handle says it is deeply saddened by the death of the football lovers, offering condolences to families and friends of the victims.

Meanwhile, Rangers International football club of Enugu and Kano Pillars are to wear black armbands during their rescheduled Match Day 9 fixture in the Nigeria Professional Football League in Enugu today as a mark of respect for the victims of the viewing centre tragedy.

The League Management Company (LMC) announced the mark of honour for the deceased and directed players and officials of the two teams to observe a minute silence before match kick-off.

“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,”

Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko said in a statement.

He urged for more safety measures to be put in place by owners of arenas where football is played and or watched on screens.

Akachi Ugwu

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