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Antoine Griezmann's brace against the Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2016 knockout round last Sunday helped France reach the quarter-finals, but as Sports Joe reports, his gesture to one young fan following the match showed that there are still matters where football pales into insignificance.
Unbeknown to the majority of the crowd at Lyon, there was a very important guest in attendance that day. Hugo Salvaing is the eldest child of Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, and Jessica Schneider, who were tragically murdered at their home earlier this month by Larossi Abballa, known to police for previous terrorism convictions.
Both victims worked for the police in the region of Les Mureaux, west of Paris. Youngest son Mathieu, just three years old, was also in the house at the time but was rescued by police.
— Police Nationale (@PoliceNationale) 29 June 2016
Much like his father, Hugo is a huge football fan, and was invited by the French Football Federation to watch the match.
Following the victory over Ireland, where Griezmann scored two second half goals to turn around a 1-0 deficit and send Ireland home, the Atlético Madrid forward met up with Hugo and presented him with the match ball before posing for photos.
The Salvaing family also released a letter to the public, expressing their gratitude for the way the whole country had rallied around the family, notably the two boys.