Tragic Northern Ireland fan Darren Rodgers who fell to his death in Nice this morning

Tragic Northern Ireland fan Darren Rodgers who fell to his death in Nice on Monday morning

A NORTHERN Ireland supporter has died at the Stade de Lyon while watching his team beat UkraineĀ at the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

The PSNIĀ said the 62-year-old man, who was from Belfast, collapsed in one of the stands at about 6 pm.

Medics tried to resuscitate him inside the stadium but he was later pronounced dead.

He is the second Northern Ireland fan to die in France this week.

Darren ‘Dardar’ Rodgers died early on Monday morning.

The 24-year-old from Ballymena died after a fall from a promenade in Nice just hours his team was beaten 1-0 by Poland.

Northern Ireland’s players wore black armbands during the win over Ukraine in memory of Mr Rodgers and there was a minute’s applause by supporters inside the ground in the 24th minute of the game as a tribute to him.

After the latest death, PSNI Supt Nigel Goddard said: “Our thoughts are tragically with a second family this week mourning the devastating loss of their loved one.

“We have been liaising with French authorities and local PSNI officers have been in touch with the man’s family in Belfast.”

Patrick Nelson, the chief executive of the Irish Football Association, said the man’s death during the game “puts any result of a football match into perspective”.

“The thoughts of the board, management, players and staff are with his family and friends at this sad time,” he added.

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