Wednesday 28 June 2017

'We will remember Ryan with a tribute at Friday night's match against Wales' - McBride to be honoured in Aviva

Ryan McBride will be remembered at the Aviva on Friday night
Ryan McBride will be remembered at the Aviva on Friday night

The late Ryan McBride will be remembered on Friday night when Ireland play Wales in a World Cup qualifier in the Aviva Stadium.

Tributes have been pouring in for the popular Derry captain (27) who was found dead in his home on Sunday.

FAI CEO John Delaney has paid tribute to McBride and added that he will be remembered this Friday while the Association also confirmed that Derry's Premier League clash with Limerick - due to take place tomorrow - will be rescheduled.

"Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game, with the shocking news about Ryan McBride's passing," said Delaney.

"I would like to pass on my deepest condolences to Ryan's family, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their captain and their inspiration.

"On behalf of the FAI Board and everyone in the Association, I would like to offer our sympathies to all who were blessed to have known Ryan.

"Ryan's passing has left a deep shock throughout football. We will remember Ryan with a tribute at Friday night's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Wales."

FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin added: "I am shocked at the sad news of Ryan's passing. I saw Ryan in action for Derry City against Drogheda United recently, where he was outstanding as he so often was for his team.

"Our thoughts are with his Ryan's family and all at Derry City at this very sad time. It is a terrible blow to the SSE Airtricity League and to everyone in football to lose such a great player."

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