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Northern Ireland fan dies in France

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The security presence outside Stade de Nice before Northern Ireland's opening Euro 2016 match yesterday
The security presence outside Stade de Nice before Northern Ireland's opening Euro 2016 match yesterday

A Northern Ireland football fan has died after falling from a seafront railing in Nice, French authorities have confirmed.

It is understood the young man died after an eight-metre fall from a wall along the seafront in Nice.

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

The young man was on his own at the time and died in hospital overnight.

Thousands of fans flocked to the city on Sunday to watch Northern Ireland's first Euro 2016 game against Poland.

Superintendent Nigel Goddard is in charge of the PSNI operation in France and said the death was an accident and not in any way disorder related.

He told the BBC: "I was informed this morning by French counterparts of this tragic news.

"The processes are that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will make contact with this man's family and take it from there.

"I believe it was an accident - not in any way disorder related, obviously a personal tragedy.

"This was in the early hours, (he was) on his own (and) quite possibly had a bit of drink taken.

"He had fallen from the promenade onto rocky beach."

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis posted his condolences on Twitter:

First Minister Arlene Foster, who is in Nice, said: "The whole atmosphere was one of great excitement, great joy, all the Northern Ireland fans and Polish fans were having a tremendous experience, a tremendous time together.

"So it is tremendously sad news to hear this morning that a young fan has lost his life. I do, of course, want to express my deepest sympathy to the family back home in Northern Ireland.

"It is news that will come to them as a terrible shock. A young man going out there to have the trip of a lifetime and to be told that this has happened, it just is really shocking."

Via Independent.ie