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Funeral of Northern Ireland fan who fell from walkway takes place in Ballymena

Darren Rodgers had been in France supporting Northern Ireland in Euro 2016.

Image: Family photo

THE FUNERAL OF a Northern Ireland fan who died at Euro 2016 is taking place in Ballymena today.

Darren Rodgers was killed when he fell 26 feet over a barrier on a walkway onto a rocky beach on 13 June.

The 24-year-old’s death was believed to be an accident and was not related to any public disorder.

The service took place today at noon at St Patrick’s Church in Ballymena, the Irish News is reporting.

Players wore black armbands during Northern Ireland’s group game against the Ukraine, with fans giving a standing ovation during the 24th minutes to coincide with Rodgers’ age.

Tribute was also payed to Rodgers during the Republic of Ireland’s group game against Sweden when fans sang ‘Stand Up for the Ulster Man’ in the 24th minutes of the match.

Northern Ireland will face Wales in their round of 16 match later this afternoon.

He was the only son of Jacqueline and Paul Rodgers.

Read: Northern Ireland football fan dies in France

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