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Irish FA Confirms it Has Triggered the Five-Day FIFA Rule For Rangers Striker Kyle Lafferty

Irish FA Confirms it Has Triggered the Five-Day FIFA Rule For Rangers Striker Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty will not be able to play for Rangers this weekend after the Irish Football Association decided to invoke the five-day FIFA rule, following the striker’s withdrawal from the Northern Ireland squad.

The Gers forward had opted to pull out of Michael O’Neill’s squad for the Nations League matches against Bosnia and Austria citing injury last week, leaving his international manager far from happy.

The 31-year-old had been expected to be a part of Steven Gerrard’s side in this weekend’s trip to Hamilton Accies, but FIFA rules state any international side can block a player for turning out for his club up to five days after the close of the international window.

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And according to the BBC, the IFA have now written to the Ibrox club expressing their intention to do so.

Lafferty is regarded as somewhat of a hero amongst Northern Ireland fans after playing a key role in helping them reach the Euro 2016 finals, and he has 68 caps to date.

But it remains to be seen if O’Neill will be calling upon Lafferty in future squads given the acrimonious nature of this fallout.

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