Monday , January 25 2021

Footballers in honor of fans who drowned in a trip to Denmark




Silence: the Irish team watched a minute silence before the match with Denmark in deference to David Clerkin. Photography: Stephen McCarthy / Sport
Silence: the Irish team watched a minute silence before the match with Denmark in deference to David Clerkin. Photography: Stephen McCarthy / Sport

The Irish football team yesterday paid tribute to a distinguished supporter who had tragically drowned before the game of the League of Nations in Denmark.

Lut's man, locally named David Clerkin (30 years old), traveled to the capital of Copenhagen along with hundreds of other supporters before the game “Boys in Green” in the nearby city of Aarhus.

His body was found in the harbor of Copenhagen shortly before 10:30 am on Sunday.

The investigation into his death continues.

But a spokeswoman for the Copenhagen police said the incident was not considered suspicious.

Yesterday's Irish team wore black armbands in deference to Mr. Klerkin, who lived in Drogheda and who was described as a dedicated football supporter.



Tragedy: David Klerkin drowned in Denmark

Tragedy: David Klerkin drowned in Denmark

Both teams also observed minute silence before the game in honor of the tragic supporter.

Mr. Klerkin lived in Drogheda, and also supported Ireland; he was a big fan of his local team, Drogheda United.

“There will be an inquiry, but this is not suspicious,” said a spokeswoman for the Copenhagen police.

One of his friends posted online, describing Mr. Klerkin as a “beautiful guy” and adding that “life is so cruel.”

Another friend called him “a great guy,” who was “a massive fan of Ireland.”

A spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Department said he was providing consular assistance to the family.

Irish supporters also expressed their sympathy for the family.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the whole family and friends of the person who passed away on Sunday,” said a YBIG spokesman.

“Irish fans love a big family when they leave, so it affects everyone.

“Our thoughts and prayers go beyond each victim,” a YBIG representative added.

Irish Independent


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