Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty under investigation by Kilmarnock over alleged ‘sectarian’ language after viral video captures him calling Celtic fan a ‘F****n b*****d’
- Kyle Lafferty was heard using sectarian language while being filmed by a fan
- The video shows him reacting when a man posing for a photo says ‘Up the Celts’
- Kilmarnock launched an investigation after the video appeared on social media
- The 34-year-old striker is currently on international duty with Northern Ireland
Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty is under investigation after a video of him using sectarian language appeared online.
The video, which has been circulating on social media, shows Lafferty responding to a fan who was heard saying ‘Up the Celts’ as they posed together for a photo.
Lafferty is currently on international duty with Northern Ireland but Kilmarnock have confirmed they are investigating the incident.
The video – which was posted on TikTok by @Belfastbai – shows Lafferty posing alongside a football fan in what appears to be a nightclub.
Lafferty was seen smiling for the photo before the boy stood next to him shouted ‘Up the Celts’ as part of a practical joke.
Lafferty’s face instantly dropped and he called the group of boys ‘F****n b******s’ before walking away in a rage.
Kyle Lafferty (left) was heard using sectarian language while being filmed by a football fan
Lafferty’s Scottish club Kilmarnock have confirmed they are investigating the incident
The video has gone viral on social media, with Kilmarnock have confirming they are investigating the incident.
Kilmarnock released a statement saying: ‘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.’
Kilmarnock have released a statement (above) confirming they are investigating the incident
Lafferty (above) is currently on international duty with Northern Ireland for their UEFA Nations League fixtures against Kosovo and Greece
Lafferty is on international duty with Northern Ireland for their UEFA Nations League fixtures against Kosovo and Greece.
He is due to get underway with Ian Baraclough’s team on Saturday afternoon but it remains to be seen as to whether the incident will affect his selection.
In 2011, Lafferty was subjected to sectarian abuse after he had his car window smashed at a petrol station near Glasgow.
He said at the time: ‘I’m doing okay, but I’m sick of all this nonsense – there’s no need for it,’ he said.
‘All I want to do is concentrate on my football with Rangers and my relationship with Nicola, and I can’t wait for the birth of our baby in three weeks’ time. These are exciting times for me and I don’t need them ruined by incidents like this.’