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Tribute planned for Northern Ireland fan who died during Euro 2016 match

Published 19/06/2016

Robert Rainey was known as Archie
Robert Rainey was known as Archie

Northern Ireland fans are to mark the memory of tragic Robert "Archie" Rainey during the Euro 2016 game against Germany.

They will chant his name and applaud on the 64th minute of the fixture in Paris on Tuesday following the family man's death from a suspected heart attack during the Ukraine match.

The victim was aged 64.

His son Mark appealed on social media for the remembrance to celebrate the legacy of a great Belfast man.

He said: "As a tribute to my dad the Northern Ireland fans, Green and White Army, are planning to have at the 64th minute of the Northern Ireland versus Germany match on Tuesday night a united chant of 'Archie, Archie, Archie'.

"Can everyone please share this post as far and wide as possible so we can make this go down in history to remember a great man."

Paramedics rushed to Mr Rainey after spectators spotted him in distress but were unable to save him and he died in the stand in Lyon on Thursday night.

The Northern Ireland players are planning to wear black armbands.

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