Wednesday 13 December 2017

Video: Ireland supporters pay poignant tribute to dead Northern Irish fan during Sweden draw

Darren Rodgers, left, was remembered by Republic of Ireland fans this evening
Darren Rodgers, left, was remembered by Republic of Ireland fans this evening
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

After the despicable scenes in Marseilles on Saturday night, Ireland fans have gone some way to repairing the reputation of European football fans.

Northern Ireland's loyal fanbase has been plunged into mourning after a fan died following a 26 feet fall from a beachside promenade in Nice.

Michael O’Neill led the tributes to Darren Rodgers, a 24-year-old Northern Ireland supporter, with the manager admitting the squad had been left devastated by the news.

The tragedy occurred in the hours after Northern Ireland's opening match of Euro 2016 against Poland in the French Riviera on Sunday and has sent shockwaves through the squad and wider country.

Rodgers, from Ballymena in County Antrim, suffered severe head injuries after falling accidentally from a wall along the Promenade des Anglais in the early hours of Monday on to a rocky beach at Castle Plage and later died in hospital.

Republic of Ireland fans honoured his memory in the 24th minute of their 1-1 draw with Sweden today by singing 'Stand Up For The Ulstermen' at the Stade de France.

A poignant and powerful gesture.

Watch below:


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