Paris honour to be bestowed on Irish fans

Football fans are set to receive Paris’s most prestigious award for their support of Northern Ireland and the Republic at Euro 2016.

The Green and White Army during the game against Ukraine. Credit: Press Eye

Both teams reached the knockout stages of the tournament and were cheered along by thousands of devoted followers this summer.

The chant ‘Will Grigg’s On Fire’ has been on the lips of many in the capital after it was invaded by the Green and White Army, while Republic supporters earned themselves a great reputation across France with their humorous antics.

However it’s the impeccable behaviour of both sets of fans that has led to them being presented with the Grand Vermeil award on Thursday evening.

A statement from the mayor’s office said: "Whether on the streets of Paris or in the stadium, Irish fans were able to support their teams to the very end in a remarkable way, providing Parisians and visitors from all over Europe with an unforgettable memory of friendly, happy and unexpected shared moments."

Other past recipients of the honour include tennis champion Rafa Nadal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.