Northern Ireland star Kyle Lafferty is fighting to save his career after video surfaced on social media of the striker appearing to be making an allegedly sectarian remark.
The Irish FA will drop the 34-year-old from Ian Baraclough’s squad ahead of Saturday’s Nations League, while his club Kilmarnock announced they have opened an investigation into the incident.
Footage posted online, which has been widely circulated, shows a man walking up to Lafferty at a bar, apparently asking for a photo, which the former Rangers man happily poses for.
As the “fan” moves away, he appears to be saying “Up the Celts” directly to Lafferty, who first turns his head before responding with what is supposedly a sectarian and derogatory comment.
A Football Association of Ireland source told the Belfast Telegraph: “It’s a complete setup but you can’t respond with that kind of language. It’s horrible.”
Lafferty is understood to have met with manager Baraclough on Thursday night to discuss his actions in the video.
Lafferty is Northern Ireland’s second-highest male goalscorer, having scored 20 goals in 85 games, although he last scored for his country in 2016.
In May he signed a new one-year deal with Kilmarnock.
https://www.independent.ie/news/northern-ireland-to-axe-kyle-lafferty-from-squad-over-alleged-sectarian-remark-investigation-42011538.html Northern Ireland are looking to drop Kyle Lafferty from the squad over alleged investigations into sectarian remarks