Sunday 25 September 2016

Kind-hearted Irish fans hailed 'absolute heroes' as they save one supporter from missing Euro game

Sasha Brady

Published 24/06/2016 | 12:08

Leon Breen and the kind-hearted fans from Derry. Photo: Facebook
Leon Breen and the kind-hearted fans from Derry. Photo: Facebook

A group of kind-hearted Irish football fans have been hailed as "absolute heroes" for saving one fellow supporter from missing the Ireland and Italy match on Wednesday night.

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The group of fans from Derry helped an unlucky supporter gain entry to the Stade-Pierre Mauroy after they found him stranded outside the stadium.

Dublin man, Leon Breen, had been left without his ticket to the Ireland and Italy game due to an unfortunate mix-up with a friend.

Leo wrote on Facebook: "I was supposed to meet my friend at the stadium to grab my ticket off him.

"He'd already gone through the security checks so he handed my ticket out to me and headed into the stadium while I was going through security.

"It turned out that he'd given me the ticket that he'd already gotten checked and so I was left standing outside the stadium on my own, with him already inside and not able to leave (you couldn't go back into the stadium if you left).

"To say I was s***ing myself was an understatement, I was literally shaking and nearly in tears, pleading with the ticket inspector fella trying to explain what happened, but no joy."

Luckily for him, the group of Derry fans were on their way into the stadium at the same time and helped him out with a spare ticket.

"God bless these absolute heros who saw that I wasn't being let through and gave me a spare ticket they'd been keeping in case someone in a situation like me needed it for free," he said.

"Swear I hugged them about 100 times, still cannot get over it... imagine I'd have been outside that stadium for that game?

"What a win, absolutely unreal."

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