Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ireland fans have 'won' Euro 2016 and will be presented with a medal

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

Harry Clarke

Ireland fans will be awarded a medal for their "sportsmanship" at Euro 2016.

The French public have been praising the travelling Irish to the hilt after they brought a party atmosphere and exemplary behaviour to the streets of Paris, Bordeaux, Lille and Lyon during the tournament.

And now the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has confirmed that she has sent a letter to Irish President Michael D Higgins to say that the Irish fans will be honoured.

According to reputable media outlet AFP, Mayor Hidalgo will present the city of Paris medal to Ireland fans for the "exemplary sportsmanship” and the “good atmosphere” they brought to France.

Martin O'Neill, Robbie Keane and FAI CEO John Delaney all praised the Ireland fans on their return to Dublin this week.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart and all the players’ hearts, thanks for supporting us and the journey is only beginning with these young players."

O’Neill echoed Keane’s sentiments by extending his own thank you to the fans, players and backroom team. 

“There is some great memories, we just mentioned Robbie’s goal. I just want to say a really great thank you,” said O’Neill.

“The supporters have been sensational and I have to say the players were unbelievable. They have been magnificent, absolutely magnificent.

“And Roy, the backroom staff and the medical staff, it’s a privilege to be involved with them.”

FAI CEO John Delaney added: “There is nothing more emotional and fantastic than when you face the tri-colour abroad and we did that on the playing fields of France and our supporters – the best ambassadors this country will ever have.”

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