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Red Wall Honoured by UEFA
The Red Wall' have received official recognition for their phenomenal support during last summer' European showpiece.
Wales’ army of fans in France have been honoured by European football chiefs after the ‘Red Wall’ was hailed as making an outstanding contribution to Euro 2016.
The official review of the summer tournament has seen Uefa top brass opt to commend Wales’ fans with an award for their passion and behaviour that spread through France and won admirers across the world.
Unprecedented numbers of fans made the trip to France to watch Wales in their first major finals, their mass of red shirts in the opening clash in Bordeaux seeing them dubbed ‘The Red Wall’ by the team’s talisman Gareth Bale.
Stars in Chris Coleman’s side had already spoke at length at the incredible impact supporters had made while celebrations between the team that reached the semi-finals and its fans displayed a bond that remains the envy of many nations.
Now Uefa have decided to make it official by honouring the Red Wall along with Iceland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and will hand over a commemorative plaque to the FAW at the World Cup qualifier against Georgia at Cardiff City Stadium next month.
Speaking on the decision, new Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin said: “Euro 2016 was a celebration of football and this is thanks in large part to the passion and dedication of fans at all stadiums in France.
"Uefa wanted to reward some of the groups of supporters that were particularly enthusiastic and passionate during the tournament so congratulations to the national associations who are receiving this award.”