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Northern Ireland fan tells of French gang attack on Poland and NI fans

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The aftermath of the attack
The aftermath of the attack

A Northern Ireland fan in Nice has spoken of how a "French gang" attacked the 'fan zone' where Northern Ireland and Poland fans were socialising last night.

Adam Irvine, form East Belfast, was drinking with friends and other Polish fans when a gang, who were all dressed in black, converged on the area, chanting La Marseillaise.

And he says that early reports that it was Polish fans who attacked Northern Ireland fans were wrong, saying the Polish rushed to defend the travelling GAWA during the attack.

He explained:  "About 50 French came down to the fan zone, all dressed in black. They started singing the [French] national anthem, and then all the Northern Ireland fans started singing their songs and it got a bit heated.

 "Then one French guy threw a pint over a Northern Ireland fan and a ruckus started. 

 "The Polish actually got up and tried to help protect the Northern Ireland fans"

He added: "We were really surprised to wake up this morning and see some websites saying that the Polish attacked us, because that wasn't the case at all. 

"We weren't fighting amongst each other. There was a really good atmosphere all day. 

"It was only when this French gang came down looking for trouble that it all got nasty.

"They were all dressed in black and were clearly organised."

 

The ugly clash last night has done nothing to dampen the spirits of both the Northern Ireland and Polish fans, who will see their two countries go head-to-head at 5pm this evening.

The odds are stacked heavily against Northern Ireland, their natural habitat where they're known to do their most awe-inspiring giant-slaying, at around 5/1, while Poland, with Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski leading the side, are around 8/11.