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Euro 2016: Funeral of Northern Ireland fan takes place

Coffin of Darren Rodgers Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Darren Rodgers funeral was held in Ballymena.

The funeral of a Northern Ireland football fan who died in an accident in France has taken place.

Darren Rodgers, who was 24 and from Ballymena, died after he fell about 26ft (8m) from a promenade onto a rocky beach in Nice.

Hundreds attended the service at St Patrick's Church in Ballymena.

The funeral took place hours before Northern Ireland's Euro clash with Wales.

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Image caption Darren Rodgers was 24 and from Ballymena, County Antrim

The accident happened in the early hours of Monday 13 June, shortly after Northern Ireland played its first match of the Euro 2016 finals against Poland in the city.

Supt Nigel Goddard, who is leading the PSNI team in France, said he was told it was an accident and not in any way disorder related.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Rodgers by his friends, fellow fans, and by the Irish Football Association (IFA).

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Image caption Hundreds attended Darren Rodgers funeral at St Patrick's Church in Ballymena

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