Friday 24 November 2017

Northern Irish fans unveil an amazing flag tribute to tragic supporter Darren Rodgers

Stephen Looney

Northern Ireland fans unfurled a banner at this evening's Euro 2016 game in Lyon in memory of Darren Rodgers, who so tragically lost his life in Nice last weekend.

The 24-year-old fan from Ballymena fell over a barrier on the Promenade des Anglais and through the roof of a restaurant, causing heartbreak for his family.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill spoke movingly about his sympathy for the family, prompting father Paul Rodgers to say "People have been very kind and very helpful. I don't know how I feel, I don't know how we'll get on.

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“It's a lot to take in and at this stage I really can't accept it or understand it."

“We had the banner made up in St Etienne yesterday”, said Association of Northern Ireland Supporters' Clubs spokesperson Gary McAllister.

“Ukrainian fans kindly agreed to join us in a minute's applause on 24 minutes, as that was Darren's age.”

Republic of Ireland fans paid their own tribute to the Ballymena man, who was a keen amateur footballer, with a minute's applause during their game against Sweden.


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