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Fund raising campaign has started for tragic Northern Ireland fan Robert Rainey

The 64-year-old collapsed and died during Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 2-0 victory over Ukraine.

By Rebecca Black

A fund raising campaign has started for the family of Northern Ireland fan Robert Rainey who died during the Euro 2016 match against Ukraine.

Mr Rainey collapsed suddenly last Thursday in Lyon as he watched Northern Ireland take on Ukraine.

Medics among the Northern Ireland fans raced to help the 64-year-old but it was too late and he died shortly afterwards on Thursday evening.

His heartbroken family said he died doing what he loved best.

Northern Ireland fan who collapsed at Euro 2016 match 'died doing what he loved'

The Northern Ireland team will wear black armbands in his memory at their game against Germany on Tuesday, and during the 64th minute of the match fans will chant Archie, Archie, Archie.

Now a friend of the Rainey family has set up a crowd funding page to raise money to help the family.

Paul Lismore said he wants to help the family with the cost of bringing Mr Rainey home.

"I can only imagine how I would feel in this situation and couldn't think how I could even start to help or support him during this time," he said.

"I'm sure a lot of people knew "Archie" his dad and Steven himself...

"It would be amazing to help the family with the cost of bringing him back home and am sure all the other unexpected costs of this tragic event

"Instead of having an extra pint this afternoon watching the football please consider a small donation to the Rainey family."

In a statement today the Rainey family have thanked the community for all the support they have offered, but also requested privacy.

"We would like to thank everyone for the huge support and kind messages that we have received since Dad died in France. It has been a great comfort to us all in this very difficult time," they said.

"We would also respectfully ask for privacy at this sensitive time so that we can be together with friends and family to grieve our loss."

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