Northern Ireland soccer fan falls to his death in Euro 2016 tragedy

Fan dies in the French city of Nice after scaling a sea-front railing and falling on his head onto a stone beach

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 June, 2016, 4:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2016, 5:04pm

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

He was the first supporter to die during Euro 2016 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 around 25 feet.

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

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

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