It was horrific enough seeing it on TV but it turns out that one of Newcastle’s players was actually there in person, watching the Grenfell Tower disaster unfold.
Yasin Ben El Mhanni says that ‘You never think or imagine you would see anything like that happen’.
The 21 year old was visiting his parents who live nearby and the area has many people from the Moroccan community living there, including in the Grenfell Tower itself.
El Mhanni (pictured above with Yoan Gouffran) says that he knew people who lived in the tower block, often seeing them when he visited the local mosque.
The young Newcastle player says that he and his friends did what they could to help, especially assisting the survivors who were left with only what they were wearing as they fled the fire.
Yasin Ben El Mhanni speaking to Sky News:
“I was very emotional to be there and to see something like that happen.
“That’s not normal – you just don’t see that (usually).
“You never think or imagine you would see anything like that happen.
“I knew some people in there because it’s the Moroccan community and whenever I go to the mosque, you are always bumping into people who live in that tower.
“To know something like that has happened is just crazy. To see it is just crazy. You don’t know if it’s real or not.
“Me and a few boys were helping buy food and water – we brought over a lot of clothes to give to the people who were affected because they lost everything in that building.
“Whatever they left that building with, is what they have left.”