Wednesday 12 December 2018

Irish players to wear black armbands in Denmark in honour of fan who died in Copenhagen

15 November 2018; A general view of the pitch prior to the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
15 November 2018; A general view of the pitch prior to the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Damian Spellman

The Football Association of Ireland has offered its condolences to the family of a fan who died in Copenhagen on the way to the Republic of Ireland's Nations League clash with Denmark.

Danish police have confirmed that the body of a 30-year-old Irishman was recovered from the city's harbour on Sunday.

The FAI has asked UEFA to hold a minute's silence during Monday night's game in Aarhus, during which the players will wear black armbands.

An FAI statement said: "The Football Association of Ireland is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Republic of Ireland supporter in Denmark.

"The FAI has expressed its condolences to the family of the supporter, who passed away in Copenhagen, ahead of the UEFA Nations League game between Denmark and Ireland.

"An official request has been submitted to UEFA, by the FAI, to hold a minute's silence before kick-off in tonight's game in Aarhus. The Ireland players will wear black armbands in respect of the supporter.

"The FAI continues to work with An Garda Siochana and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the matter."

Hundreds of Ireland supporters have been flying into Copenhagen in recent days before travelling on to Aarhus, where Martin O'Neill's men will complete their Nations League fixtures still looking for a first victory of the campaign.

A spokeswoman for the Danish Police said: "We can confirm an Irish national has died in Copenhagen.

"Officers got the call at 10:27am on Sunday morning and found a young man had drowned in Copenhagen Harbour, it does not seem criminally suspicious.

"The 30 year-old man was identified and his family have been informed.

"We are liasing with the Irish Foreign Affairs office."

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