An Ireland fan who lost his ticket to see Ireland vs Sweden while saving a man’s life was incredibly rescued by fellow fans, after they chipped in to buy him a replacement.
Jay Keating was on his way to see his country play Sweden on Monday when he spotted an elderly local man collapsed on the street.
After performing CPR on the man, Keating realised he’d lost his ticket to see the game, before bumping into four fellow Irish fans, who promptly chipped in to buy him a new one.
The foursome bought Jay a new ticket from a tout outside the Stade de France, costing €50, and the story had the happy ending it deserved.
Speaking to the Irish Mirror, one of the good samaritans, Brian Kerrigan, said:
We empathised with him of course and luckily there were a load of touts lining the street.
He was ecstatic.
It was only afterwards that we heard he was the guy who had done CPR on an elderly gent who had collapsed near the stadium.
He’s the real hero, that’s a much bigger deal than what we did.
We’re happy to give Irish fans a good name, you hear so much negative stuff about the Euros.
Ireland drew the game with Sweden, and now head into the clash with Belgium with a real chance of qualification for the knockout stages.
With all the headlines surrounding the trouble around football fans during the Euros, it’s nice to see Irish fans bucking the trend and enjoying the occasion.