Irish fans honoured by Paris mayor for sportsmanship in Euro 2016

Irish football fans are to be honoured by the mayor of Paris for their “exemplary sportsmanship” during Euro 2016.

Anne Hidalgo announced plans for the Green Army to be given the city’s most prestigious award, known as the Grand Vermeil.

A letter confirming the honour has been sent to President Michael D Higgins’s office with plans set to be finalised for a ceremony.

The mayor said Irish fans had distinguished themselves with the atmosphere they created in their short but impressive time in the Euros.

The honour of the Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris was created in 1911 to recognise individuals or groups who have made a “remarkable act on the capital”.

Among the names on the roll call of the honour for the Grand Vermeil are tennis champion Rafa Nadal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

It is not the first honour for Irish fans.

On the back of their ambassadorial performances in Poland four years ago, Uefa president Michel Platini announced a special award to Irish fans to recognise their great behaviour and contribution to the championships.

It was dedicated to the memory of James Nolan, an Irish fan who drowned in the river Brda in the town of Bydgoszcz during the competition in June 2012.

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