Tragedy as Northern Ireland fan dies in stand during victory over Ukraine

Tragedy as Northern Ireland fan dies in stand during victory over Ukraine

Tragedy struck during Northern Ireland's 2-0 win over Ukraine this evening as a fan of the team passed away during the game.

Stewards flooded into the Northern Irish section of the stadium during the second half after a supporter in his early 60s collapsed. The man later died of a heart attack.

The PSNI confirmed the death after the game.

This is the second Northern Ireland fan to pass away during Euro 2016, after 24-year-old Darren Rodgers fell over a barrier in Nice and through the roof of a restaurant last weekend.

The tragedy mars what was an otherwise famous night for Northern Ireland, after Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn scored during the second period to give Michael O'Neill's side three crucial points.

Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: "Our thoughts are tragically with a second family this week mourning the devastating loss of their loved one.

"We understand the man aged in his sixties collapsed during the game and was attended to by emergency services in the Stade de Lyon.

"It is extremely sad that this is the second death of a Northern Ireland fan in France during the Euro 2016 games."

On Monday Darren Rodgers, 24, from Ballymena, fell eight metres off a promenade in the south coast city of Nice and died.

Fans applauded his memory in tribute during the 24th minute of Thursday night's match.

Mr Goddard said the Service had been liaising with French authorities and local PSNI officers have been in touch with the man's family in Belfast.

Flags, shirts and scarves have been left at the ground in tribute to the dead man.

A paramedic who treated him said: "We tried but we could not. It is very sad."

The Olympique Lyonnais ground was packed with Northern Ireland supporters who have travelled to France in their droves for Northern Ireland's first major tournament in 30 years.