Irish fans earn UEFA award for “outstanding contribution” to Euro 2016 5 years ago

Irish fans earn UEFA award for “outstanding contribution” to Euro 2016

Richly deserved.

Were you one of the thousands of Irish fans cheering on the Boys in Green at Euro 2016?

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If you were, then give yourself a pat on the back because your contribution to supporting Martin O’Neill’s men in France has earned an official award from UEFA that will be presented to the FAI next month.

Whether it was for cleaning up their mess, singing lullabies to a baby or rallying the players after defeat to France in the last 16, Irish fans made a massive impression on the tournament and were recognised the world over for their efforts.

Republic of Ireland Fans In France, Bordeaux, France 16/6/2016 Irish fans enjoy the atmosphere in Bordeaux Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Supporters from Ireland, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Wales were all recognised by the UEFA Executive Committee following a review of Euro 2016 and the respective associations will be presented with a commemorative plaque on the occasion of one of their upcoming home European Qualifiers played in October.

Ireland’s award is likely to be presented ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6.

Commenting on the decision, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said: “UEFA EURO 2016 was a celebration of football and this is thanks in large part to the passion and dedication of fans at all stadiums in France.

“UEFA wanted to reward some of the groups of supporters that were particularly enthusiastic and passionate during the tournament so congratulations to the national associations who are receiving this award.”

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