Outpouring of sympathy after Irish fan's death

21 June 2012 02:47

Hundreds of residents of the northwestern Polish city of Bydgoszcz gathered Thursday along the river where a young Irish football fan died early Sunday in an outpouring of sympathy with his mourning family.

Flowers, candles and photos of 21-year-old James Nolan adorned with black ribbons lined an area of a bank of the river Brda, where his body was recovered Wednesday morning after an intense three-day police search.

Bydgoszcz Mayor Rafal Bruski has asked UEFA President Michel Platini for a minute's silence to be observed at a stadium ahead of one of the upcoming quarter-finals in memory of the Irish fan.

"Let us pay tribute to the Irish -- the best supporters of the tournament, and let it be a day of solidarity with those who are the most affected by this untimely death," Bruski added in a separate public declaration.

Source: AFP