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Kyle Lafferty axed from Northern Ireland squad amid investigation over alleged 'sectarian' language

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Kyle Lafferty has been axed from the Northern Ireland squad after a video of him using sectarian language appeared on social media.

When a Celtic fan posing with Lafferty on the video shouts 'up the Celts' into the camera, former Rangers striker Lafferty responds by calling him a 'Fenian b*****d'.

Lafferty's current club Kilmarnock have launched an investigation and Northern Ireland announced that he has been withdrawn from their squad for the Nations League games against Kosovo in Belfast (today) and Greece in Athens on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old, who was struggling with a back injury anyway, now faces an uncertain international future but manager Ian Baraclough insisted that the door is still open for Northern Ireland's second-highest scorer. 'It's not necessarily the end,' said Baraclough. 'A manager's role includes being a father figure and someone they can turn to.

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