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Northern Irish football fan dies after falling on his head in Nice

A Northern Irish football fan died in the French city of Nice after scaling a sea-front railing and falling on his head onto a stone beach, officials said on Monday.

euro 2016 Updated: Jun 13, 2016 14:05 IST
Northern Ireland vs Poland

(Representative image) Northern Ireland supporters cheer during the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice.(AFP Photo)

A Northern Irish football fan died in the French city of Nice after scaling a sea-front railing and falling on his head onto a stone beach, officials said on Monday.

He was the first supporter to die during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which has been marred by off-pitch violence between fans since Friday’s opening.

Nice’s public prosecutor, Jean-Michel Pretre, said he had opened an investigation and it was not yet known what led to the 24-year-old’s death, which involved a fall of seven or eight metres (around 25 feet).

“We’re keeping all options open and have no favoured theory for now,” Pretre said.

The incident took place at one end of Nice’s beachfront Promenade des Anglais, which spans a wide bay. A police spokesperson said that no trouble had been reported in the area.

Making their first appearance at a major finals for 30 years, the Northern Irish team lost their opening match on Sunday 1-0 against Poland.