Football player and TV pundit Nadia Nadim has taken to social media to explain the tragic reason behind her sudden exit from a FIFA World Cup broadcast in Qatar. The former Manchester City women's forward was part of ITV’s coverage of the goalless draw between Denmark and Tunisia but left before the network's broadcast of the match finished.
The 34-year-old Denmark international - who currently plays for American club Racing Louisville - was absent from the panel at the final whistle, with host Mark Pougatch telling viewers that she had been forced to leave. Nadim later revealed that her mother's tragic and sudden death was the reason she was forced to leave.
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In a heartbreaking post on social media, Nadim revealed her mother had been hit by a truck and died at the age of 57. The football star said she was trying to come to terms with the grief she was feeling.
Nadim wrote on Twitter: “(On) Tuesday morning my mother was killed by a truck. She was on her way back from the gym. Words cannot describe what I’m feeling. I have lost the most important person in my life and it happened so sudden and unexpected. She was only 57.
“She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life. She didn’t give me life once but twice, and everything I/we are is because of her.
“I have lost my home and I know nothing’s gonna ever feel the same. Life is unfair and I don’t understand why her and why this way. I love you and I will see you again.”
An ITV spokesman said: “Everyone at ITV, those working with Nadia in Qatar, and the wider company, is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news.
“We have offered Nadia our support and our thoughts are with her and those closest to her at this incredibly difficult time.”
Nadim was born in Afghanistan but fled the war-torn country when she was 11 years old, earning 99 caps for Denmark in a career that included 200 goals and stints at European powerhouses such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. She also this qualified as a doctor after five years of study.
Football world rallies behind Nadia Nadim after tragedy
News of Nadim's family tragedy has quickly made its way across the football world, with condolences and messages of support pouring in for the 34-year-old on social media.
Everybody at Paris Saint-Germain is thinking of you Nadia. ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/ZrMGtyMCUv
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) November 23, 2022
Thinking of Nadia Nadim’s family. No one deserves to lose their parents so tragically.
— nubia ✧ (@nxbaafnkln) November 23, 2022
Nadia Nadim has shared on Instagram that her mother unexpectedly passed away after being hit by a truck on Tuesday morning.
Our hearts go out to you and your family during this terrible time, @nadia_nadim 🤍 pic.twitter.com/zpDCO96aek
— Womens Transfer News (@womenstransfer) November 23, 2022
— Kailey Coursey (@ktypeswords) November 23, 2022
— World Cup Sage (@worldcupsage) November 23, 2022
— Danny Nyeko🇺🇦 🚀 (@DNyeko) November 23, 2022
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