Ireland fans to be awarded Paris’s most prestigious honour for sportsmanship

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We may not have won the Euros but the Irish fan have come away from France as champions in not just our eyes but the worlds so it will come as no surprise that our fans have been awarded the Medal of the City of Paris.

The Mayor of Paris announced yesterday that the award for sportsmanship will be awarded to the Irish football fans. According to the French sports newspaper L’Équipe, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the supporters have been “exemplary in their sportsmanship” and distinguished themselves by the “atmosphere” they created from the start of Euro 2016.

She has written to President Michael D Higgins to tell him of the award. It is not known when the ceremony of presenting the medal will take place.

The ‘Grand Vermeil’ is regarded as Paris’s most prestigious honour. Previously it has been awarded to a wide variety of cultural and political figures including Nobel Prize in literature winner Toni Morrison, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.