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Tuesday 26 Sep 2017
Manager O'Neill backs striker

Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill, has pledged his full support to Kyle Lafferty following his disclosure today that he has a gambling addiction.

The Hearts striker gave a candid interview to BBC Scotland in which he admitted that he has a problem with betting but that he now intends to confront the issue for the sake of his wife and his extended family.

Speaking about the revelations Michael O’Neill said:

"I admire Kyle for speaking so openly and honestly about his battle with gambling. We have talked about it at length and I have assured him that he has the full support of me, my staff and everyone at the Irish Football Association as he aims to overcome this addiction."