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Kyle Lafferty kicked OUT of Northern Ireland squad after Kilmarnock star’s ‘sectarian language’ video towards Celtic fan

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KYLE LAFFERTY has been WITHDRAWN from Northern Ireland's squad after allegations the striker used sectarian language. His club side Kilmarnock have opened an investigation after a video surfaced online appearing to show Lafferty using the sectarian slur 'fenian b******' after being tricked into posing with a member of the public who says 'Up the Celtic.' The Rugby Park side launched a probe after the clip circulated widely on social media.

And now, the Irish FA have taken their own action by removing Lafferty from the squad. The 35-year old was called up to Ian Baraclough's squad for the Nations League double header with Kosovo and Greece, the first of those games taking place on Saturday.

But now Lafferty, capped 89 times by his country, will play no part. An Irish FA statement read: "Northern Ireland senior men's team player Kyle Lafferty has been withdrawn from the squad ahead of the upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Kosovo and Greece. "The Irish Football Association is aware of a social media video which has been circulated widely.

The association also notes an investigation has been launched into the video by the striker's club, Kilmarnock FC. "A minor back problem has prevented Lafferty from participating in training since Tuesday." As mentioned, it comes after Kilmarnock released their own investigation into the situation.

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