Kyle Lafferty fined by Kilmarnock and faces Scottish FA charges over alleged sectarian comment

Kilmarnock striker Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty might miss Kilmarnock’s visit to Aberdeen on Saturday

Kilmarnock striker Kyle Lafferty has been fined by his club and faces two Scottish FA charges over his alleged use of sectarian language in a video that circulated on social media.

The Northern Ireland international faces an SFA hearing on 20 October.

A Kilmarnock statement said: “Kyle regrets his actions and acknowledges that he has let down himself, his family, the club and the supporters.”

The 35-year-old will also work with anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth.

Lafferty, who was withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad after Kilmarnock launched an investigation, is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Scotland’s governing body, which have charged him with not acting in the best interests of football and using discriminatory language, has recently introduced a 10-game minimum suspension for the latter offence.

Kilmarnock say they have imposed “a substantial fine” and that “Kyle has also committed to supporting the club’s community projects, which will see him participating in Nil by Mouth’s educational initiatives, in addition to serving Kilmarnock’s ‘Football for All’ programmes on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future”.

Club manager Derek McInnes had earlier said that he “can’t say for certain” whether Lafferty will feature against Aberdeen on Saturday.

The trip to Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership is Kilmarnock’s first fixture since the former Rangers and Heart of Midlothian striker dropped out from his national squad for their Nations League fixtures against Kosovo and Greece.

Manager Ian Baraclough stated that a back injury had also been considered when the decision was made.

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