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Northern Irish fan dies in Nice after 8-metre ‘drunken’ fall

A Northern Irish football fan has died in the southern city of Nice, apparently after a drunken fall from a barrier onto the sea front.

Northern Irish fan dies in Nice after 8-metre 'drunken' fall
Castel beach where the accident happened on Sunday night. Photo: Google Street View

French police in Nice told The Local on Monday that the man, aged 25, fell eight metres onto the sea front after he apparently tried to walk along a barrier.

A spokeswoman from the police in Nice said the man's death was an accident and occurred just hours after Northern had played Poland in the city.

“He climbed up on to a barrier and fell down onto the beach, where he landed on his head,” said the spokeswoman.

It was not clear whether he died instantly or later in hospital.

The accident happened at Castel Beach on the quai des Etats Unis, which is an extension of the famous Promenade des Anglais.

The police spokeswoman said witnesses had seen the man drinking, while French TV reported that he was “heavily drunk”.

The victim has not been named.

(Photo: AFP)

Northern Ireland had played against Poland in Nice early on Sunday evening, with around 10,000 Northern Irish fans having travelling to the city for the match, which their team lost 1 – 0.

The Local has requested a comment from the British Embassy in France.

French authorities have become concerned about the amount of alcohol being consumed before matches and on Sunday the Ministry of Interior gave police permission to ban alcohol in areas around the stadiums.

Northern Ireland fans were drawn into fighting in Nice on Saturday night after being attacked by a group of local French youths.

Seven people were injured, including one man with a serious head injury, French police said.

According to a Northern Ireland police officer accompanying fans at the scene, French riot police moved in after local Nice youths hurled bottles at Northern Ireland supporters in cafes near the central Place Massena.

“About 20 to 30 Nice youths started throwing bottles at the Northern Ireland fans. Some bottles were thrown back, some punches were thrown,” the officer said.

“French police arrived to contain the situation.”

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EURO 2016

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy

Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than €200 million ($211 million) but brought some €1.22 billion into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday.

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy
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There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat.

The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs.

But Euro 2016 brought 1.221 billion euros into the country both in tourism and spending directly related to the organisation of the tournament, according to data compiled by the Centre of the Law and Economics of Sport at Limoges University (CDES) and the consultancy firm Keneo.

In calculating the figures, researchers took into account the loss from potential tourists who would have stayed away from France to avoid the tournament, as well as the state funds which could have been used elsewhere had they not been set aside for venues.

The average tournament visitor spent 154 euros a day, with most of that going on accommodation and eating out, the study said, with tourism providing a 625.8 million euro boost to the country.

UEFA spent some 360 million euros on organising the tournament in the country, while 24 participating teams gave the economy a 34.9 million euro boost.

Accredited persons for the event spent 34.8 million euros while in the country, and sponsors 22.6 million euros, according to the figures.

Last January the CDES predicted Euro 2017 would bring in 1.266 billion euros in additional expenditure, or 0.1 percent of France's GDP.

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