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Robbie Keane pays tribute to the late James Nolan after scoring for LA Galaxy

Robbie Keane pays tribute to the late James Nolan after scoring for LA Galaxy

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Ireland's record goalscorer showed his respects for the tragic fan who died in Poland where he was supporting his country at Euro 2012

Robbie Keane paid his respects to the late James Nolan by holding up a shirt bearing the late fan's name after scoring for LA Galaxy.

Irish supporter Nolan (21) died in Poland after he went missing in Bydgoszcz. The Wicklow student had been following the Boys in Green at Euro 2012 but his holiday ended in tragedy after an accidental drowning claimed his life.

Keane held up a shirt with 'RIP James Nolan' on it after scoring in the Galaxy's 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps. He told the Washington Post after the game that he had been in contact with Nolan's family and intends to send the shirt bearing their son's name to them.

“It was a young Irish fan who went to Poland, 21 years of age, and unfortunately drowned," said Keane about the gesture.

He added: "Obviously, the whole country was sad and I called his father today to send my condolences and to say that my thoughts were with him and the family.

“It was just a gesture because the Irish people are very close and they stick with each other through good times and bad times. He was a big, big soccer fan and it was a shame, so it was just a show of respect really.”

The FAI have also announced that they plan to honour Nolan with chief executive John Delaney telling the Irish Sun that "We hope to do something very special for James’ family but this would only be with their consent."

Nolan's funeral will take place in his native Wicklow on Monday.

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