Ireland fans to get medal for ‘good mood’, exemplary behaviour in France

  • Reuters, Paris
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2016 08:42 IST
Irish fans salute the players at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between France and Ireland, at the Grand Stade in Decines-­Charpieu, near Lyon, France. (AP Photo)

The Ireland and Northern Ireland fans will get an honorary medal from the city of Paris for their exemplary behaviour during Euro 2016, mayor Anne Hidalgo’s office said on Wednesday.

“The supporters from Ireland and Northern Ireland have distinguished themselves by their exemplary attitude, fair play and good mood,” the statement read.

Both governments have been informed and an official ceremony featuring fan groups from both teams will take place in the next few days, the statement added.

Ireland and Northern Ireland lost to France and Wales respectively in the round of 16. The fans from both teams have won praise from all sides for their joyful and friendly behaviour during the tournament.

Uefa’s interim general secretary, Theodore Theodoridis, said on Tuesday that the passion of some of the fans and their supporters would be rewarded in some way.

“We have seen some amazing scenes and we really want to show and emphasise the positive side of football”, he said.

Euro 2016 has been largely incident-free since violent clashes marred a group game between England and Russia in Marseille early in the tournament.

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