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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland v Wales EURO 2016 Final 16
Northern Ireland Fans during this evening's game at Parc De Princes in Paris.
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Pacemaker Press 25/6/2016 Northern Ireland v Wales EURO 2016 Final 16 Northern Ireland Fans during this evening's game at Parc De Princes in Paris. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Northern Ireland v Wales EURO 2016 Final 16
Northern Ireland Fans during this evening's game at Parc De Princes in Paris.
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Pacemaker Press 25/6/2016 Northern Ireland v Wales EURO 2016 Final 16 Northern Ireland Fans during this evening's game at Parc De Princes in Paris. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland fans apply facepaint outside the stadium, as Wales fans walk behind them, prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris.  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland fans apply facepaint outside the stadium, as Wales fans walk behind them, prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

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Northern Ireland fan Justin Turner ready to support his side against Wales during Saturdays Round of 16  EURO 2016 match at the Parc des Princes, Paris .
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Northern Ireland fan Justin Turner ready to support his side against Wales during Saturdays Round of 16 EURO 2016 match at the Parc des Princes, Paris . Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland fans ready to support side against Wales during Saturdays Round of 16  EURO 2016 match at the Parc des Princes, Paris .
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Northern Ireland fans ready to support side against Wales during Saturdays Round of 16 EURO 2016 match at the Parc des Princes, Paris . Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Northern Ireland suporters in the stands show their support ahead of the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland suporters in the stands show their support ahead of the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland fans wave a flag outside a bar prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland fans wave a flag outside a bar prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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A Northern Ireland fan in facepaint prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

A Northern Ireland fan in facepaint prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 25:  Darren Clarke and Amy Boulden pose with the flags of Northern Ireland and of Wales during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club - Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Olbia, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )

OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 25: Darren Clarke and Amy Boulden pose with the flags of Northern Ireland and of Wales during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club - Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )

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Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland fans pose for a selfie in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Northern Ireland fans pose for a selfie in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Vanessa Chung, wife of Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Vanessa Chung, wife of Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Juneve Lamont, wife of Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Juneve Lamont, wife of Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. 
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Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong greets the fans beside the pitch before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong greets the fans beside the pitch before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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A young Northern Ireland fan cheers on his side in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

A young Northern Ireland fan cheers on his side in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fan Neil Armstrong from Ballymena in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fan Neil Armstrong from Ballymena in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans Robert McCreadie, Aaron Baxter, Craig Baxter and Farquhar in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans Robert McCreadie, Aaron Baxter, Craig Baxter and Farquhar in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fan Aaron Baxter from Newry in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fan Aaron Baxter from Newry in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans Ivan Thompson and John Tilson in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans Ivan Thompson and John Tilson in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans Neil Melville and Colin Maxwell in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans Neil Melville and Colin Maxwell in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans Alison and Chris McHenry in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans Alison and Chris McHenry in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.

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Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon

Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon

Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon

Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon

Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon

Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon

Northern Ireland fans party with Jimmy Nesbitt in France

Northern Ireland fans party with Jimmy Nesbitt in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Northern Ireland fans in France

Jimmy Nesbitt mingles among fans in Lyon. Credit: Green and White Army Caravan in France

Jimmy Nesbitt mingles among fans in Lyon. Credit: Green and White Army Caravan in France

Belfast Telegraph journalists Adrian Rutherford and Claire Williamson (right) with Claire Graham.

Belfast Telegraph journalists Adrian Rutherford and Claire Williamson (right) with Claire Graham.

Northern Ireland football fans descend upon Place Antonin Poncet, adjacent to the fan zone in Lyon, France.

Northern Ireland football fans descend upon Place Antonin Poncet, adjacent to the fan zone in Lyon, France.

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Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, and friends with Cool FM presenters Pete Snodden and Rebecca McKinney

Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, and friends with Cool FM presenters Pete Snodden and Rebecca McKinney

Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, with Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden

Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, with Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden

Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, in France for the Euro finals

Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, in France for the Euro finals

Andrew Kerr (Articlave), Jonno McCaughan (Coleraine), Roger Woodend (New Jersey, USA)

Andrew Kerr (Articlave), Jonno McCaughan (Coleraine), Roger Woodend (New Jersey, USA)

Philip Whyte (42), from South Belfast, and friends stand in front of the Poland team bus

Philip Whyte (42), from South Belfast, and friends stand in front of the Poland team bus

Colin Murray poses with fans in France during the Euros

Colin Murray poses with fans in France during the Euros

Mark Hunter (left) from Coleraine who now lives in Vancouver and Matt Livingstone from Coleraine who now lives in London at the Northern Ireland v Poland game on Sunday

Mark Hunter (left) from Coleraine who now lives in Vancouver and Matt Livingstone from Coleraine who now lives in London at the Northern Ireland v Poland game on Sunday

Ballyclare man Jonny Lindsay with Jimmy Nesbitt.

Ballyclare man Jonny Lindsay with Jimmy Nesbitt.

Rob Latimer (34) from Dunadry bumps into James Nesbitt in Nice after Northern Ireland v Poland.

Rob Latimer (34) from Dunadry bumps into James Nesbitt in Nice after Northern Ireland v Poland.

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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Pat Jennings (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Pat Jennings (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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Kate Hoey shows her support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Kate Hoey shows her support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

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First Minister Arlene Foster with IFA President Jim Shaw and IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson at Poland V Northern Ireland in Nice, France. Photo by  Press Eye

First Minister Arlene Foster with IFA President Jim Shaw and IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson at Poland V Northern Ireland in Nice, France. Photo by Press Eye

Northern Ireland's players pose ahead of the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland's players pose ahead of the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.

Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.

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Michael O'Neill manager of Northern Ireland looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Michael O'Neill manager of Northern Ireland looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis (centre) during the warm-up before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis (centre) during the warm-up before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

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Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.

Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.

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Northern Ireland fans in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

Northern Ireland fans in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

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A Northern Ireland fan shows her support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

A Northern Ireland fan shows her support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.

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Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C
Northern Ireland Fans From L-R Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery at   this afternoons Euro 2016 International  at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans From L-R Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C
Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery with Polish fans  at   this afternoons Euro 2016 International  at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery with Polish fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C
Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery  get a selfie with Polish Fans at   this afternoons Euro 2016 International  at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery get a selfie with Polish Fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans  in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

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Northern Ireland Fans David , Stuart and  Colin Bell  at   this afternoons Euro 2016 International  at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans David , Stuart and Colin Bell at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans  in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans  in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans  in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

Mark Jones and son Jack in Nice with Carl Frampton

Mark Jones and son Jack in Nice with Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton with fellow Northern Ireland fan James Tait in Nice

Carl Frampton with fellow Northern Ireland fan James Tait in Nice

Northern Ireland supporter and Groom Stuart Stockman (second left) outside the Ma Nolan's Irish pub in Nice, France ahead of his team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 StagNI. Photo credit should read: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Northern Ireland supporter and Groom Stuart Stockman (second left) outside the Ma Nolan's Irish pub in Nice, France ahead of his team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 StagNI. Photo credit should read: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland supporters enjoying the sights of Nice, France ahead of the team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016.

Northern Ireland supporters enjoying the sights of Nice, France ahead of the team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016.

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Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

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Northern Ireland fans are joined by a Polish football fan as they arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

Northern Ireland fans are joined by a Polish football fan as they arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

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Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

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Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

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Northern Ireland fans arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

Northern Ireland fans arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

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Northern Ireland fans arrive on the beach near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

Northern Ireland fans arrive on the beach near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA

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Northern Ireland fans Chris Geoghegan and Richard McKnight from Belfast bump into Gary Lineker in France.

Northern Ireland fans Chris Geoghegan and Richard McKnight from Belfast bump into Gary Lineker in France.

Philip Wright on tour with the Green and White army. They left on a 6am flight to Nice.

Philip Wright on tour with the Green and White army. They left on a 6am flight to Nice.

Ballymacash Northern Ireland supporter's club head off to France. Pic: Andrew Clarke

Ballymacash Northern Ireland supporter's club head off to France. Pic: Andrew Clarke

David Johnston and fellow Northern Ireland fans head off to France.

David Johnston and fellow Northern Ireland fans head off to France.

Crawford McCullough's 'mancave' in Bangor Co Down.

Crawford McCullough's 'mancave' in Bangor Co Down.

Northern Ireland flags flying in France. Picture: Dennis Russell

Northern Ireland flags flying in France. Picture: Dennis Russell

Adam Topping (33) from Scarva Northern Ireland in St Raphael. He has tickets all the way to the final so will not be home until July 11.

Adam Topping (33) from Scarva Northern Ireland in St Raphael. He has tickets all the way to the final so will not be home until July 11.

A Northern Ireland fan samples some ice cream in Lyon, France.  Thursday June 9, 2016. PA

A Northern Ireland fan samples some ice cream in Lyon, France. Thursday June 9, 2016. PA

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Colin Porter passing the time before he heads to Nice. Pic: Gary Porter

Colin Porter passing the time before he heads to Nice. Pic: Gary Porter

Home for Bedfordshire based Dave Price and his pals for the next two weeks at least

Home for Bedfordshire based Dave Price and his pals for the next two weeks at least

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.

Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson pictured at the boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson pictured at the boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland Fan Ian Thompson  from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fan Ian Thompson from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson  from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough  from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A Local meets with  Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough   from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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A Local meets with Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.

Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough   from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.

Northern Ireland Fan Russell Bridgett  from Ballymena travelling through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fan Russell Bridgett from Ballymena travelling through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough   from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough   from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson, Darren McDonald and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson, Darren McDonald and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Local family and now Northern Ireland fans pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday.
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Local family and now Northern Ireland fans pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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The boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France with its window decorated ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday.
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The boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France with its window decorated ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson, Darren McDonald and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson, Darren McDonald and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Local family and now Northern Ireland fans pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday.
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Local family and now Northern Ireland fans pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough   from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland FanRussell Bridgett  from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines  in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday.
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Northern Ireland FanRussell Bridgett from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry

Unionist councillors in Belfast refused to back a proposal to write a letter of congratulations to the Northern Ireland and Republic football teams on their performances at Euro 2016 — because England and Wales weren’t included.

The atmosphere at Belfast City Council turned sour during a debate on a motion by Alliance’s Emmet McDonough-Brown that it writes to both the IFA and FAI to “express its admiration on behalf of all the citizens of Belfast”.

Mr McDonough-Brown was not present to propose the motion on Monday evening, and initially some councillors objected to party colleague Mervyn Jones putting it forward on his behalf, however they eventually agreed to let him proceed.

Mr Jones spoke with admiration of how well Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland supporters conducted themselves in France.

“The contribution of fans to the atmosphere of the competition, the performance of the teams and the spirit of friendship in sport was second to none within Europe,” he said.

“This council undertakes to write and express its admiration to the football associations on behalf of all the citizens of Belfast.” He reminded councillors that both sets of fans are to be recognised with an award by the city of Paris for their behaviour.

The proposal was seconded by his Alliance colleague Michael Long, who said he hoped it would not be controversial.

However, Ulster Unionist Jim Rodgers queried why the motion only covered Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland teams, and not also the England and Wales teams.

“I think people seem to forget that two other countries are part of the British Isles, namely Wales and England, who did exceptionally well, especially Wales,” he said.

“Basically, what we are asking for is for the first paragraph to be changed and we are adding in a second one.

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Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Northern Ireland football fans out at Boucher Playing Fields to support their team in their last 16 game against Wales in France at the Euros 2016 Championship. Saturday June 25. Photo by Liam McBurneyRAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, as Robbie Brady scores for the Republic of Ireland during their match against Italy in the Euro 2016 Championship. Picture date: Wednesday June 22. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans celebrate at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast, as Robbie Brady scores for the Republic of Ireland during their match against Italy in the Euro 2016 Championship. Picture date: Wednesday June 22. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Republic of Ireland fans at the Titanic Fanzone to see their team play Italy in the 2016 Euro Championship in France. Wednesday 22nd June 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

“The first paragraph would read ‘... this council recognises and celebrates the achievement of Northern Ireland, Wales, England and the Republic of Ireland in qualifying for and reaching the knock out stages of the 2016 UEFA European Championship’.”

Declan Boyle of the SDLP responded: “To congratulate the English team on a performance like that? You must be joking.”

The PUP’s Billy Hutchinson said success for England would have been reaching the semi-finals.

Sinn Fein’s Arder Carson said: “Tonight is about the two Irish teams, let’s just write to them and congratulate them.”

Mr Jones concluded: “To congratulate England would be a joke.”

The UUP amendment was voted down 30 votes to 16.

Mr McDonough-Brown’s original motion was passed.

In January there had been a similar row when Mr Boyle proposed the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland teams be invited to the City Hall to congratulate them on qualifying for  Euro 2016.

Unionists opposed the motion but it was passed with the support of the SDLP, Sinn Fein and Alliance.

Mr Boyle said the motion was still on the books, however admitted a joint reception was unlikely to happen any time soon because all the players were currently on holiday and will shortly be returning to their clubs ahead of the new season.

Honour for heroes

The Northern Ireland football team is to be given the freedom of the borough where coach Michael O’Neill grew up after reaching the knock-out stage of the Euro 2016 finals.

The decision by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council to bestow the honour on the team was made in Ballymena — home town of both O’Neill and captain Steven Davis.

Traditional Unionist Voice councillor Stewart McDonald said: “It was great to see everyone support this motion.”

The European finals in France marked Northern Ireland’s return to major international qualification after 30 years in the doldrums.

Mr McDonald said:  “I ask this council and every member on it to pay tribute to the Green and White Army of Northern Ireland for their success.”

And the TUV man added: “To bestow upon them the freedom of the borough is the most fitting way to do it.”

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