Wednesday 24 May 2017

Heartwarming picture shows how classy Northern Ireland fans helped Polish counterparts following attack by local hooligans

Big-hearted Northern Ireland fans were on hand to treat an injured Polish supporter following an attack by local hooligans in Nice.

Fans from the North were mingling freely with the Poles when French locals launched an unprovoked assault on the streets of Nice ahead of their Euro 2016 Group C match today (Sunday).

Six Northern Ireland fans were injured during the violence while those who were unhurt treated those who needed help, including a Polish fan.

Sun reporter Mark McIntosh tweeted a heartwarming picture of a young Northern Ireland fan holding the hand of an injured Polish supporter while he lay on a bed with a bandage around his head.

Northern Irishman Alex Sloan tweeted: “Terrible scenes in #Nice. French security allow #Nice ultras to walk into crowd & initiate riot. #GAWA

“Riots in stark contrast to friendly atmosphere between #GAWA & #Poland fans this eve. Serious Qs for French security.”

Supt Nigel Goddard of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who is in Nice, said: "It's clear to me that the Nice fans provoked this incident, but a number of Northern Ireland fans did respond.

"They're having a great time just as we imagined they would.

"The relationships between the Northern Ireland fans and the Poles have been excellent.

"They've been using the same pubs, singing songs and having a great time."

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