Vale Patrick Simon

AFL Europe are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Villers-Bretonneux mayor, Patrick Simon.

Patrick was a great supporter of Australian Football in France, and would regularly attend AFL Europe’s annual ANZAC Cup match between the Australian Spirit and French national sides.

Patrick played an integral role in maintaining the special relationship between Villers-Bretonneux and Australia, which earned him an honorary Order of Australia medal in 2015.

We pass on our support and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Patrick during this tough time.