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Euro 2016: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans to receive award for 'exemplary sportmanship' during tournament

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans are to receive an award for their "exemplary sportsmanship" during the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said supporters form both sides border will be given the Medal of the City of Paris.

“The supporters from Ireland and Northern Ireland distinguished themselves by their exemplary attitude, fair play and good mood,” she added.

A statement from the mayor’s office explained that an official ceremony would be held within a number of days.

Videos of supporters from both sides were shared around the internet as they sang lullabies to a baby on a train, changed a tyre for an elderly couple and of course the many rousing renditions of Will Grigg's on Fire.

Fans also payed for accidental damage caused and even tidied up messes they had made.

Northern Ireland fans were also moved by how supporters from the Republic sang “Stand Up for the Ulsterman” in the 24th minute of their match against Sweden after the death of 24-year-old Ballymena man Darren Rodgers.

The Green and White Army and Poland fan even joined up to sing the now infamous Will Grigg’s On Fire.

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The medal is the Grand Vermeil and is regarded as Paris' most prestigious honour.

Ms Hidalgo told French sports newspaper L'Équipe that the fans had distinguished themselves by the "atmosphere" they created at the Euros.

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