NI fan Darren Rodgers dies in Nice ‘accident’

Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016

A Northern Ireland fan has died in Nice, French police have confirmed.

He has been named as Darren Rodgers.

French TV are reporting the fan died after an 8-metre fall from a wall along the seafront.

It is understood the man was 24-years-old and fell from a promenade onto a rocky beach at Castle Plage on the Promenade des Anglais.

The young man was on his own at the time.

He died in hospital overnight.

It follows Northern Ireland’s first Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.

PSNI Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: “I was informed this morning by my French counterparts of this tragic news.

“At this point and time the processes are that the Foreign and Commonwealth office will make contact with this man’s family and it would not be appropriate for me to comment.

“I believe it was an accident and not in any way disorder related, but a personal tragedy.”

The senior PSNI officer, who was speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, added: “I think it was in the early hours and from what I have been told this gentleman was on his own and possibly had quite a bit of drink taken and seems to have fallen, so it is an accident.”

He added that it was understood the man “had fallen from the promenade onto what is quite a rocky beach”.

NI players have extended their condolences after the death n Twitter.

Niall McGinn tweeted: “Such a sad day, to wake up to the News that a Young Northern Ireland has tragically died in Nice. Thoughts with his family and friends”.

Steven Davis tweeted: “So sad to wake up to the tragic news that a Northern Ireland fan has died in Nice, thoughts with his family and friends.”

And Gareth McAuley tweeted: “You think things are bad then learn one of your own loses his life last night. Thoughts with family and friends”.