Young Northern Ireland football fan dies in France after watching his team at Euro 2016
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Young Northern Ireland football fan dies in France after watching his team at Euro 2016

A NORTHERN Ireland football fan has died while visiting France to support his team at the Euros. 

It is believed the man fell to his death from a promenade onto a rocky beach in Nice in the early hours of Monday morning.

The man, who has not yet been named, was 24 and on his own at the time.

Superintendent Nigel Goddard, who is heading up a team of police from Northern Ireland during the Euros, said he was told by French police the death was not related to any kind of public disorder.

"I was informed this morning by my French counterparts of this tragic news," he said.

"The processes are that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will make contact with this man's family.

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I believe it was an accident - not in any way disorder related, obviously a personal tragedy.

This was in the early hours, on his own, quite possibly had a bit of drink taken."

Northern Ireland played their first game at the Euros in Nice last night, losing 1-0 to Poland, with thousands of fans in attendance at the game at the Allianz Riviera stadium.

Captain of the Northern Ireland team Steven Davis tweeted his condolences to the family.