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Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland fans pay tribute to Northern Ireland fan Darren Rodgers with applause amid clash with Sweden

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland fans have called for a minute's applause at Thursday's game against Ukraine for the tragic young man who died after a fall in Nice.

Darren Rodgers (24) from Ballymena died after an 8-metre fall from a wall along the seafront.

It comes as Republic of Ireland fans showed solidarity with one minute of applause during their side's first clash of Euro 2016 against Sweden in Paris on Monday evening.



Police have said he was on his own at the time and died in hospital overnight.

It has been reported he fell from the promenade onto a rocky beach at Castle Plage on the Promenade des Anglais.

On Sunday Northern Ireland took on Poland in their first Euro 2016 game.

The Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson is in talks with UEFA about holding a minute's silence ahead of Thursday's game.

He said: “We’ll ask Uefa whether it’s appropriate to have a minute’s silence before the [Ukraine] game and/ or to wear black armbands.

He added: “From an Association perspective we just want to respect Darren’s memory and celebrate the life of Darren and do what his family thinks is appropriate.”

The Northern Ireland team have led tributes to the young man with striker Kyle Lafferty saying they have "lost one of their own".







Tragic news. Thoughts are with his family https://t.co/N4AoXj9eLe

— Michael McGovern (@mcgov12) June 13, 2016

Northern Ireland supporter's page "our wee country" are planning to pay tribute to Darren at Thursday's game against Ukraine.

They will hold a minute's applause for him at the game at the time which coincides with his age.

Our Wee Country have asked fans to spread the word ahead of Thursday's match.


@ballsdotie @Independent_ie @FAIreland @UEFAEURO Irish fans will conduct a minute's applause on 24mins tonight.
RIP to #NIR fan. #IRL

— The Rock Wallace (@Wall82Jonathan) June 13, 2016

24th minute applause for the poor N.Irelandfan. #respect #IRL #COYBIG @UEFAEURO

— Keith Naughton(@keithn84) June 13, 2016

Meanwhile, today the City of Belfast Northern Ireland Supporters Club will gather to lay flowers at the spot on the promenade in Nice.

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