Friday 13 December 2019

Six Northern Ireland supporters injured in attack outside bar

Policewomen oversee supporters at the Urban Supervisory Control Centre (CSU) of Nice, ahead of the Euro 2016 football match Poland vs Northern Ireland. Photo: AFP/Getty
Policewomen oversee supporters at the Urban Supervisory Control Centre (CSU) of Nice, ahead of the Euro 2016 football match Poland vs Northern Ireland. Photo: AFP/Getty
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Six Northern Ireland football fans were injured after a fracas started outside a bar in Nice.

French riot police were called in to disperse local "ultras" who attacked the Northern Ireland football fans, a senior supporters' representative said.

Gary McAllister, chairman of the Northern Ireland supporters' clubs, tweeted: "Local ultras attacked Polish and NI fans, who were mixing well. French riot police dispersed locals."

A group of French started the trouble around 11pm on Saturday night but there was no fighting with supporters of Poland, the PSNI said.

It is understood a small number of Northern Irish fans retaliated briefly.

Supt Nigel Goddard said: "It is disappointing that a small number of Northern Ireland fans responded but it was only a short and minor incident."

Supporters of Northern Ireland and Poland were in the pub together ahead of the match between the two countries.

Revellers partied into the small hours in the area around the Place Massena under the watchful eyes of French police.

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