Sunday 19 November 2017

Watch: This is what happens when Irish fans start singing 'sit down for the French Police'

Irish supporters mingle with French police in Paris. Pic:Mark Condren
Irish supporters mingle with French police in Paris. Pic:Mark Condren
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

If we've learned one thing from Euro 2016, it is that French police are a 'great bunch of lads'.

Before the tournament there were a series of warnings to supporters to be vigilant around the heavily armed officers.

Our own Irish ambassador in Paris warned fans not to be taking selfies or intruding on their important job of keeping the country safe.

Since then the officers have been in more photographs than a Kardashian and more viral videos than a cute kitten.

This latest offering shows the moment a group of Irish fans outside the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille before our historic win over Italy surround three heavily armed officers, and start singing 'Stand up for the French Police'.

The stony faced officers are then asked to 'sit down for the French police' and after an initial reluctance they follow the crowd with brilliant results.

They may be the boys in blue but it is clear that the police here will be cheering on our boys in green tomorrow.

The hilarious video was sent to by Iain Cunningham.

He said: "Basically we had just come on the metro from Lille, the atmosphere on the metro was electric with everyone (Irish, Italians and French) all singing.

"When we got off the tram there was a large amount of police all with riot gear, the banter between the Irish fans and the police was something only someone who was there could describe.

"And then to see the police getting involved in the singing was just amazing to see. This was something I have never seen before and just added to amazing day in Lille."

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