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UEFA president Michel Platini will award the Ireland fans for their contribution to EURO 2012

Updated: Saturday, 30 Jun 2012 23:58 | Comments

The Ireland fans kept singing despite losing all three games in Poland
The Ireland fans kept singing despite losing all three games in Poland

UEFA President Michel Platini has announced that he will travel to Dublin to present a special award to Irish fans to recognise their great behaviour and contribution to UEFA EURO 2012.

The announcement was made in Kiev where Platini said that the decision came after Irish supporters were praised internationally for their behaviour despite results on the pitch.

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed that the award will be dedicated to the memory of James Nolan who lost his life in a tragic accident in Bydgoszcz during the tournament.

FAI President Paddy McCaul said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank UEFA President Michel Platini for his decision to recognise the incredible support that our fans showed during the tournament.

“They were a credit to the country and won praise everywhere they went in Poland, striking up a great relationship with everyone they met. I am glad that the award will be dedicated to James Nolan whose passing has touched us all.”

FAI CEO John Delaney added: “Irish supporters deserve this award for their incredible commitment, behaviour and friendliness during the tournament.

“They did the country proud and added something really special to the championships. I thank UEFA for their recognition and I am glad that the award will be accepted by James Nolan’s parents whose tragic loss left all Irish fans deeply saddened after the tournament.”

Father of the late James Nolan, Jimmy Nolan said: “I am deeply touched by this. It is a great honour and I would like to thank the amazing support that we have received at this difficult time from supporters in Ireland every part of the world.”

UEFA's secretary-general Gianni Infantino said: "Everyone was very impressed by the Ireland fans.

"The team's results were mitigated by the fans. UEFA president Michel Platini will go to Ireland to give the award."

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