A British football fan has become the first fatality of Euro 2016.The 24-year-old Northern Ireland supporter, who has not been identified, died in hospital in the southern French city of Nice on Saturday night.
A police spokesman said the incident happened ahead of Northern Ireland’s clash with Poland on Sunday. “Many fans were out on the promenade, and were drinking heavily when the man fell from the promenade. The victim was taken to Nice hospital but has since died,” the spokesman said.
It was a Castel Plage, a few hundred yards away, that the supporter fell 26ft off a beachside promenade and onto the beach, suffering serious injuries. Around seven other Northern Irelands fans were also hurt in the fighting.
A British police officer travelling with the Northern Ireland fans said: “About twenty to thirty Nice youths started throwing bottles at the Northern Ireland fans. Some bottles were thrown back, some punches were thrown. French police arrived to contain the situation.”