This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 19 °C Saturday 18 August, 2018
Advertisement

Ireland fans to receive 'special award' from UEFA

The European football governing body’s president Michel Platini plans to travel to Dublin to present the unusual accolade.

Fans sing out during the Spain game.
Fans sing out during the Spain game.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

IT MAY HAVE been a tournament to forget on the pitch but Ireland’s remarkable support will be recognised by UEFA, it was announced today.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s team were comprehensively beaten in all three of their Group C games and were sent packing as statistically the worst team at Euro 2012.

However, the impeccable behaviour of Irish fans over the eight days was praised from many quarters as they captured the hearts of the Polish people.

“‘The Irish! We will miss you!” was the headline in a Poznan-based newspaper after their elimination, while a German television station paid tribute to the rendition of ‘The Fields of Athenry‘, which rang out around Gdansk’s PGE Arena during the closing minutes of the 4-0 defeat to finalists Spain.

The executive committee has decided to give a special award to the Irish football fans,” Gianni Infantino told a news conference in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on the eve of the final.

“Everyone was very impressed by the fans of the national team of the Republic of Ireland who came to Poland. The team’s results were mitigated by the fans. (UEFA) president (Michel) Platini will go to Ireland to give the award.”

- Additional reporting from AFP

Platini: Euro 2020 could be hosted across all of Europe

Spain v Italy: 3 key battles that will decide the championship

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

Ben Blake

Read next:

COMMENTS (125)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel

     

    Trending Tags