Leigh Griffiths has vehemently slammed claims that he mocked the loss of life of Kyle Lafferty’s sister on social media as Scotland certified for subsequent summer season’s Euros, whereas Northern Ireland did not.
In what needs to be one of many happiest moments of Griffiths’ life, the Scotland striker says he has needed to take care of a barrage of abuse after liking an image on Twitter of Northern Eire ahead Lafferty distraught at his nation’s failure.
Each groups have been in motion on Thursday night time as they tried to qualify for the delayed Euro 2020 subsequent summer season through their respective play-off finals. Scotland received 5-Four on penalties (1-1 after extra-time) in Serbia, whereas Northern Eire misplaced 2-1 (aet) at dwelling to Slovakia.
Scotland ahead Leigh Griffiths (left) has strongly denied claims he mocked the loss of life of Northern Eire striker Kyle Lafferty’s sister after liking a social media submit on Twitter
Griffiths took to Instagram on Friday to slam accusations as to why he appreciated this tweet (proper)
Lafferty’s older sister Sonia died earlier this month after being ill for some time
Following the post-match celebrations within the Scotland altering room, Griffiths took to Twitter to love a photograph of Lafferty in misery.
The unique image by @Robbiemck1997 was captioned ‘The one factor that would make tonight higher. Is that this image.’
Griffiths and Lafferty are rivals following their battles at bitter foes Celtic and Rangers. The previous remains to be at Celtic, whereas Lafferty has had two spells at Rangers. The 33-year-old has additionally performed for Hearts – the native rivals of Griffiths’ outdated membership Hibernian.
By liking the picture, Griffiths’ drew the wrath of some soccer followers who claimed he appreciated it to mock the loss of life of Lafferty’s sister Sonia who handed away on November 5. The 41-year-old died in a Belfast hospital after being ill for a while.
This has resulted in Griffiths deactivating his Twitter account and taking to Instagram with a press release to disclaim and condemn the accusations.
Griffiths has since deactivated his Twitter account within the wake of the abuse he has recieved
‘Not that I ought to should, however after what I am seeing on social media I really feel I have to,’ he shared through his Instagram story.
‘After final night time’s win, I need to state that I used to be NOT slagging Kyle Lafferty for shedding a member of the family, that’s the lowest of the low and never the kind of particular person I’m.
‘The image was in a Northern Eire strip and the very fact they DIDN’T qualify and we did, which has been an enormous achievement for the complete nation!
‘Everybody will get carried away and folks assume I appreciated it earlier than his sister died, completely not.
‘We received, they did not, we have been mocked for years about failure, however we did it.
‘I do not deserve what I have been despatched, however I’ve had sufficient and one thing wanted to be stated on the matter!’
Griffiths has overcome psychological well being points and urged folks in April to talk out if struggling
Griffiths’ assertion comes simply months after he urged anybody scuffling with psychological well being points to talk out about it, versus bottling it up.
The ahead missed the second half of final season with private points and did not need anybody subjected to the demons he himself confronted.
Talking about these probably scuffling with lockdown enforced as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Griffiths’ recommendation to the Celtic View podcast in April was: ‘Simply to talk up. That is a very powerful factor.
‘If folks hold stuff bottled in rather a lot – and that was the case with me, I stored issues bottled up – it is going to tip you over the sting.
‘However the extra you communicate out, there are a great deal of individuals who can be prepared to pay attention and offer you recommendation.
‘When you can communicate out, it would find yourself serving to you, and you can begin having fun with life once more.’
Griffiths celebrates along with his Scotland team-mates after they certified for Euro 2020 subsequent yr
Quick-forward to now and what ought to have been a morning of basking in celebration has been something however for the 30-year-old after serving to Scotland qualify for a significant event for the primary time since 1998.
Steve Clarke’s facet regarded like they have been going to realize the feat in regular time when Ryan Christie fired them forward in Belgrade on 52 minutes.
Nonetheless, the Scots have been pegged again in harm time when Actual Madrid striker Luka Jovic equalised with a header.
The match went to penalties with Griffiths scoring Scotland’s first penalty to place them forward earlier than David Marshall was the hero by saving Serbian striker’s Aleksandar Mitrovic spot-kick.
Scotland’s gamers have fun after reaching their first main event since 1998
The joyous scenes in Belgrade weren’t matched in Belfast as Northern Eire suffered heartache by the hands of Slovakia.
Northern Eire had equalised in dramatic type when defender Milan Skriniar put the ball into his personal internet with two minutes of regular time left to cancel out Juraj Kucka’s early opener.
Lafferty then practically received it for the hosts when his long-range effort hit the submit within the 90th minute.
Nonetheless, the sport went to further time and substitute Michal Duris made essentially the most of a fortunate ricochet to attain Slovakia’s winner within the 110th minute.
Northern Eire’s Euro 2020 qualifying marketing campaign led to heartache on Thursday night time
Slovakia have fun after beating Northern Eire to e book their place at Euro 2020