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Kyle Lafferty Booted From Northern Ireland Squad For Alleged Sectarian Remark

Kyle Lafferty Booted From Northern Ireland Squad For Alleged Sectarian Remark
By Eoin Harrington Updated

Kyle Lafferty has been removed from Northern Ireland's Nations League squad after a video of him supposedly making sectarian remarks was shared online.

Lafferty was named as part of the 34-man squad for Northern Ireland's upcoming Nations League fixtures against Kosovo and Greece, but has since been removed from the group as a result of the leaked video.

The video shows Lafferty seeming to make a sectarian remark to a man in a Belfast nightclub.

IFA to send Kyle Lafferty home

Kyle Lafferty has lost his place in the Northern Ireland national team squad after a video from a Belfast nightclub emerged.

In the video, a fan asks 35-year-old Lafferty for a photo and, after the two pose together, the fan shouts "Up The Celts!"

Lafferty then appears to make a sectarian remark towards the man in response.

The video has been described as "a complete set-up" by an Irish FA source, though they added, "you can’t respond with that type of language. It is appalling."

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The Northern Irishman's current club Kilmarnock also responded to the case with a statement on Thursday:

Kilmarnock Football Club are aware of a video circulating online which appears to show a member of our playing staff using language of a sectarian nature.

The club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour completely unacceptable. The matter will be investigated by the club.

Kyle Lafferty has played for Rangers (over two spells), Hearts, Sunderland, and Norwich City across a 17-year playing career, and has earned 85 caps at senior level for Northern Ireland.

The next international break for Northern Ireland may come in November around the beginning of the World Cup. One certainty is that Kyle Lafferty won't be involved in any way in this week's games, at the very least.

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