NI fan collapses with team on verge of historic victory

The spot in the stand of the Stade de Lyon where a Northern Ireland fan collapsed and died during the game against Ukraine
The spot in the stand of the Stade de Lyon where a Northern Ireland fan collapsed and died during the game against Ukraine

Amid the jubilation of Northern Ireland’s historic victory over Ukraine in Lyon, some fans are reporting that one supporter has collapsed and appeared critically ill just before the game’s first goal.

One Northern Ireland sitting just feet away from the casualty used Facebook to say that medics erected a screen while they fought to save his life.

Pictures are emerging from France of flags placed at the spot where he collapsed as a tribute.

One Northern Ireland fan said he was left with “mixed emotions” following his team’s first victory at a major tournament in 34 years.

The fan said: “Unfortunately he did not see the [first] goal or the win, but the Green and White Army done it for him.

“Was honoured to leave my flag on the gentleman’s seat”.