Keane pays tribute to Ireland fan


Soccer: Robbie Keane has paid tribute to the Irish fan who tragically died in Poland while supporting the Republic of Ireland during Euro 2012.

James Nolan (21), from Blessington, County Wicklow, drowned after a night out in Bydgoszcz. His body was found in the River Brda on Wednesday, four days after he went missing.

After scoring on his return to club football with LA Galaxy last night, Keane ran to the sideline to reveal a jersey with ‘RIP James Nolan’ printed on the back.

The Ireland captain confirmed afterwards he had been in touch the with family to offer his personal condolences.

“It was for a young fan who went to Poland, 21 years of age, he drowned. It was very, very sad,” said Keane after the game. “I called his father today to send my condolences, send my thoughts to him and his family.

“Irish people are very close and stick to each other through good times and bad times. He was a big soccer fan and it was a shame, it was just a bit of respect really. I may give (the) shirt to his father, if he wants it.”