Tributes paid to Irish fan who drowned in Copenhagen
30-year-old Drogheda local David Clerkin travelled to Denmark for the Ireland game
David Clerkin’s body was found in harbour in the Havnegarde area of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Photograph: Jenny Matthews/Newsfile
Mr Clerkin, from Drogheda, Co Louth, a passionate Ireland and Drogheda United fan, had travelled to the city for the Ireland versus Denmark game on Monday night.
On Sunday morning Copenhagen police got a call about the body of a man who had drowned in the harbour.
“It is not thought of as suspicious, but we don’t have any information about exactly what happened” a spokeswoman for the city police department said.
League of Ireland team Drogheda United paid tribute to the football fan, who was an avid supporter of the club.
“Drogheda United would like to express its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of David Clerkin who passed away yesterday in Copenhagen,” the club said, in a statement on Monday.
The Co Louth man also played schoolboy football for Duleek AFC, and the team expressed condolences to Mr Clerkin’s family and friends.
“David, a former schoolboy at the club, and passionate football fan, had travelled over for tonight’s game v Denmark,” the club said in a statement.
The Republic of Ireland football team wore black armbands during the Nations League game against Denmark in Aarhus, which finished 0-0.
A minute’s silence was held before the game as a mark of respect to the deceased fan.
On Monday the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Republic of Ireland supporter in Denmark.
“The FAI has expressed its condolences to the family of the supporter, who passed away in Copenhagen,” the organisation said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs are providing consular assistance to Mr Clerkin’s family.
On Tuesday morning a spokeswoman for the Copenhagen city police said there was no updates in relation to the case.