Family of Northern Irish man who died at Euro 2016 match thank the public

Robert Rainey passed away on Thursday June 16th in Lyon

Robert Rainey, statement Euro 2016, Northern Ireland, died, Lyon, match,

Robert Rainey is seen in this undated photo | Image: Facebook/Police Service of Northern Ireland

The family of a Northern Irish man who died at the Euro 2016 tournament have thanked people for their support.

Robert Rainey - who was also known as Archie - passed away on Thursday, June 16th while supporting Northern Ireland in France.

He collapsed while watching a match in the Stade de Lyon.

A medical team had tried but failed to resuscitate him.

In a statement released through the PSNI, his family say: "We would like to thank everyone for the huge support and kind messages that we have received since Dad died in France."

"It has been a great comfort to us all in this very difficult time."

"We would also respectfully ask for privacy at this sensitive time so that we can be together with friends and family to grieve our loss," they add.