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LA Galaxy's Keane pays tribute to Republic of Ireland fan James Nolan

Robbie Keane paid tribute to Republic of Ireland fan James Nolan after he scored for LA Galaxy on the weekend.

The Irish national team captain produced a Galaxy shirt which read 'RIP James Nolan' after the 21-year old lost his life in Poland during Euro2012 because of an accidental drowning.

To pay his respects, Keane lifted the shirt towards the crowd when he put the Galaxy 2-0 ahead in their eventual 3-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps at The Home Depot Center and made mention of the County Wicklow man during the after match.

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

"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 Galaxy shirt with the message of support will now be given to the family of the late James Nolan.

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