Family of NI supporter who died in France thanks fans

Northern Ireland football fan Robert Rainey, known as "Archie", who died during the European Championship in Lyon
Northern Ireland football fan Robert Rainey, known as "Archie", who died during the European Championship in Lyon

The family of a man who died during the last Northern Ireland Euro 2016 fixture have thanked fans for their huge support.

Robert “Archie” Rainey collapsed in the stadium at the Ukraine match in Lyon and could not be resuscitated.

A family statement said: “We would like to thank everyone for the huge support and kind messages that we have received since dad died in France.

“It has been a great comfort to us all in this very difficult time.

“We would also respectfully ask for privacy at this sensitive time so that we can be together with friends and family to grieve our loss.”