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Second Northern Ireland fan dies in France

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 16 Jun 2016


A Northern Ireland fan has died during the team’s 2-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2016, the second supporter of the country to pass away during the tournament.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland were informed by their counterparts in Lyon that a man in his 60s collapsed during the Group C encounter at Stade de Lyon.

The death is the second tragedy to befall the country’s followers in France, after 24-year-old Darren Rodgers was killed in an accident in Nice last weekend.

Northern Ireland’s fans paid an emotional tribute to Rodgers in the 24th minute of the match on Thursday, which saw goals from Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn seal the team’s maiden win in what is their European Championship debut and first major tournament appearance since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Football Association of Ireland CEO John Delaney led tributes to the man from the Republic of Ireland camp following confirmation of the incident, saying: “This is a sad outcome to what was a historic day for Northern Irish football following their victory over Ukraine.

“On behalf of everyone in the FAI and the Republic of Ireland squad, I would like to express our sadness and condolences to IFA President Jim Shaw, CEO Patrick Nelson and all who are associated with the Northern Ireland squad.

“We also remember the friends and family of another Northern Ireland fan Darren Rodgers who died earlier this week in a tragic accident in Nice, and we would also like to remember Republic of Ireland supporter James Nolan, who died four years ago in Poland, during Euro 2012.”


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