KYLE LAFFERTY paid an emotional tribute to his sister earlier than breaking down in tears following Northern Eire’s Euro 2020 play-off defeat.
The previous Rangers, Norwich and Sunderland striker bravely featured towards Slovakia only a week after the dying of his sibling Sonia.
Lafferty paid tribute to his sister with a T-shirt that includes an image of the 2 of them with the phrases ‘Sonia Amanda Lafferty 1978-2020’Credit score: Pacemaker Press
Lafferty was heartbroken at full-time as Northern Eire misplaced 2-1 (aet)Credit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Lafferty wore a T-shirt that includes an image of himself alongside together with his sister with the phrases ‘Sonia Amanda Lafferty 1978-2020’.
The 41-year-old handed away in Belfast Hospital after being sick for a while earlier than her funeral was held on Saturday.
Juraj Kucka fired the away facet right into a lead at Windsor Park after simply 17 minutes earlier than a Milan Skriniar own-goal with simply two minutes remaining sparked hope for Ian Baraclough’s facet.
Nevertheless, Michael Duris netted the winner to send Slovakia to next summer’s tournament in extra time, resulting in heartbreak for Lafferty and his team-mates.
The Reggina ahead broke down in tears following the end result and needed to be consoled by team-mates.
Lafferty’s worldwide team-mate Stuart Dallas hailed the courageous ahead.
He mentioned: “It sums itself up that Kyle is right here. He’s a giant character and a giant character, and he’s huge for us.
“Firstly, everybody right here has supported him and we have now rallied round him. Our ideas proper now are with Kyle and his household, and he’s going by means of a tough time.
Lafferty needed to be consoled by team-mates and officers at full-time
“I’m fairly shut with him so I do know what he’s going by means of, however we have now squad right here and we assist one another and we’ll assist Kyle going ahead.”
Northern Eire boss Baraclough mentioned: “It reveals the magnitude of the man who desires to take action nicely for his nation.
“It was so powerful for Kyle to decide to play for his nation after such a tragic loss, and his character is there for everybody to see.
“George Saville as nicely has needed to take care of points coming into the sport, and Stuart Dallas may need completed one thing to his arm however he simply would not surrender.”
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths launched a press release insisting he WASN’T mocking Lafferty over his sister’s dying when he preferred a tweet exhibiting an image of the Northern Eire star distraught.
Talking earlier within the week, Lafferty insisted his sister would have wished him to play.
He mentioned: “On Thursday evening will probably be the most important recreation for Northern Eire in recent times, and many individuals may assume or ask questions ought to I be right here so quickly after the lack of my greatest buddy, but when I missed this recreation, then I might be letting Sonia down.”
He added: “She was football-daft, and my largest fan.
“I’m so comfortable she received to see me play for not solely my dream membership – Rangers – but in addition to put on the shirt of my nation with satisfaction each single time.”