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Leigh Griffiths quits Twitter after denying ‘lowest of the low’ claims

Scotland player Leigh Griffiths quits Twitter after denying ‘lowest of the low’ claims he mocked the death of Kyle Lafferty’s sister.

He can be seen liking a post of his Northern Ireland rival who missed out on the Euros following a defeat to Hungary whilst the Scots knocked out Serbia on penalties on Thursday night.

Earlier this month, Kyle Lafferty’s older sister Sonia passed away in hospital on the 5th of November due to poor health.

Griffiths had liked a tweet of his old Old Firm rival Lafferty being upset after Northern Ireland's defeat

Following dressing room celebrations, Griffiths like a picture on Twitter of Northern Ireland player Lafferty distraught at his country’s failure. The Scottish forward has since said he has had to deal with a barrage of abuse.

The original picture by @Robbiemck1997 was captioned ‘The only thing that could make tonight better. Is this picture.’

By liking the photo, Griffiths’ drew the wrath of some football fans who claimed he liked it to mock the death of Lafferty’s sister Sonia who passed away on November 5. The 41-year-old died in a Belfast hospital after being in poor health for some time.

This has resulted in Griffiths deactivating his Twitter account and taking to Instagram with a statement to deny and condemn the accusations.

Griffiths has since deactivated his Twitter account in the wake of the abuse he has recieved

‘Not that I should have to, but after what I’m seeing on social media I feel I need to,’ he shared via his Instagram story.

‘After last night’s win, I want to state that I was NOT slagging Kyle Lafferty for losing a family member, that is the lowest of the low and not the type of person I am.

‘The picture was in a Northern Ireland strip and the fact they DIDN’T qualify and we did, which has been a huge achievement for the entire nation!

‘Everyone gets carried away and people think I liked it before his sister died, absolutely not.

‘We won, they didn’t, we’ve been mocked for years about failure, but we did it.

‘I don’t deserve what I’ve been sent, but I’ve had enough and something needed to be said on the matter!’

Griffiths took to Instagram on Friday morning (pictured) to slam accusations as to why he liked this tweet

Griffiths has battled with mental health issues and urged people in April to speak out if suffering.

The forward missed the second half of the 2019/20 season with personal issues and didn’t want anyone subjected to the demons he himself faced.

Speaking about those potentially struggling with lockdown enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic, Griffiths’ advice to the Celtic View podcast in April was: ‘Just to speak up. That’s the most important thing.

‘If people keep stuff bottled in a lot – and that was the case with me, I kept things bottled up – it will tip you over the edge.

‘But the more you speak out, there are loads of people who will be willing to listen and give you advice.

‘If you can speak out, it might end up helping you, and you can start enjoying life again.’

Scotland put their fans through the emotions as Steve Clarke’s men were two minutes away from a 1-0 win in normal time after Ryan Christie’s goal, but a Luka Jovic injury-time equaliser forced the tie to extra-time.

Clarke took off his three most influential players in QPR’s Lyndon Dykes, Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Celtic’s Ryan Christie before Serbia got a late dramatic equaliser and Scotland lost their spark in extra-time, however held on to take the game to penalties, winning 5-4.

Scotland’s reward for the win in Belgrade is a place in Group D alongside England, Croatia and Czech Republic

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