Monday 19 February 2018

Irish fan hospitalised after sing-song fall at Euro 2016

Picture: Mark McConville
Picture: Mark McConville
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An Irish fan was brought to hospital last night after falling from a railing during a sing song.

The man was treated for minor head injuries shortly after 12.30am outside the Palais de Justice in Lyon's old town.

He was later brought by ambulance under a police escort to a nearby hospital.

Our video shows the moment a large group of police dispersed the crowd in a bid to get to the fan who had been singing with pals moments before he fell up to seven feet.

He was examined by officers before paramedics arrived to carry out further treatment.

The man, who had a large bandage on his head, was eventually helped down the steps by police and into an ambulance.

The concerned crowd cheered when it became apparent that he hadn't suffered serious injury. He gave the thumbs up as he was moved into the ambulance.

Several hundred fans had gathered around the court from early evening for a massive sing song. Another group congregated around a church less than 400 metres away.

Earlier in the evening the popular Kelly's Irish bar on nearby Quai Romain Rolland was closed after an alleged incident. Eye-witnesses said an Irish man fell from scaffolding outside the building and was brought to hospital by ambulance.

His injuries are not believed to be serious.

Garda liaison officers, who have been based in France for the entire tournament, reported no serious incidents overnight.

The eight-man garda team, led by Superintendent Gerry Delmar, have been praised for their work at the tournament.

Police Nationale yesterday tweeted: "Thank you to the Irish police who have strengthened our police team at this event.

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