Mayor of Paris to honour ‘model’ Irish football supporters
Fans from both sides of Border showed ‘exemplary attitude’ during Euro 2016
Irish fans cheer after the match between France and Ireland at Stade de Lyon in Lyon. France won 2-1. Photograph: EPA
The city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, said she would award the fans the “Medal of the City of Paris” in recognition of their “exemplary attitude” during the tournament.
Thanking them for their contribution to the festive atmosphere created over the past fortnight, she called them “a model for the supporters of the world”.
The Paris medal has been awarded periodically since 1911 for “exceptional behaviour”.
Recent recipients include the footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who spent the past four seasons playing for Paris St Germain and who retired from international duty after Sweden’s elimination from the Euros.
His last international game in Paris was the 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, which coincided with several nights of celebration by thousands of Irish supporters on the city’s Boulevard de Clichy.
The scenes attracted some local criticism, but also to much positive coverage in the French media.
The medal is to be presented at a ceremony involving representatives of both teams’ fans, “in the coming days”.