Friday 28 April 2017

French media pay one final, glowing tribute to Ireland fans

Ireland players and staff see their fans applauding them at the end of the game following the round of 16 match at the Stade de Lyon
Ireland players and staff see their fans applauding them at the end of the game following the round of 16 match at the Stade de Lyon

Wayne O'Connor and Ralph Riegel in Lyon

THE French public have reacted to the end of Ireland’s Euro 2016 dream by declaring them the best fans at the tournament.

Irish supporters have had a major impact on not only the tournament but also the people of France, who have fallen in love with the green army’s humour and willingness to roar on their side in the face of defeat.

L’Équipe paid tribute to Ireland fans
L’Équipe paid tribute to Ireland fans

The scenes of Irish players standing in front of the singing fans after the defeat to France at the weekend has resonated with locals.

French sports daily L’Équipe said today that the Irish supporters won in the stands.

L’Équipe paid tribute to Ireland fans
L’Équipe paid tribute to Ireland fans

“Ireland’s supporters had control of  OL Park. They continued to sing despite the defeat,” it said.

“Ireland’s contribution was high at the Euros and their players and their fans gave it all they had.”

Meanwhile, Lyon’s Le Progress has also moved to pay tributes to the Irish supporters.

“There was no contest,” it said, “but if there was a score to give the fans of both sides, it would have been a greenhouse that stands on the meadow.”

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