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Kyle Lafferty: I will have to fight gambling problems for rest of my life

Kyle Lafferty has urged football to reassess its relationship with bookmakers as he faces up to an addiction he admits he may spend the rest of his life tackling.

Two months ago Hearts and Northern Ireland striker Lafferty publicly admitted gambling was a vice he had been wrestling with his entire career.

This weekend the 30-year-old is back in Switzerland -- where he fed his habit with punts on ice hockey during a season at Sion -- in a better frame of mind, even if he has been told he faces a lengthy...

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty moves to Hearts

Kyle Lafferty celebrates after netting the opening goal.
Kyle Lafferty will move to Heart of Midlothian next season.

Kyle Lafferty aims to use Hearts as a springboard to the World Cup after agreeing a deal to sign for the Edinburgh club.

The Northern Ireland international has signed a two-year contract subject to a medical.

The former Rangers striker was a free agent after leaving an unhappy spell at Norwich and he was eager to sign for Hearts after being told by head coach Ian Cathro that he would have a key role to play at Tynecastle.

The 29-year-old, who had spells with Swiss side Sion and Italian outfit Palermo...

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Kyle Lafferty leaves door open over potential move to Qarabag

Kyle Lafferty celebrates after netting the opening goal.
Kyle Lafferty celebrates during Northern Ireland's win over Azerbaijan last November.

Kyle Lafferty has left the door open on a potential move to Azerbaijan champions Qarabag having just returned from international duty in Baku.

The 29-year-old striker came off the bench for Northern Ireland on Saturday when Stuart Dallas' dramatic late winner strengthened the country's hold on second spot in their World Cup qualifying group.

They did so in the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, home to Qarabag, who are believed to have shown an interest in luring Lafferty to the Land of Fire after he was released...

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John Ruddy and Sebastien Bassong among seven released by Norwich

John Ruddy of Norwich City looks on from the bench prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Norwich City at Vicarage Road on December 5, 2015 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
John Ruddy made 242 appearances for Norwich.

Former England goalkeeper John Ruddy tops the list of seven players who will leave Norwich in the summer.

Norwich are overhauling their squad and will not offer a new deal to the 30-year-old Ruddy after seven years at the club.

Sebastien Bassong, Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Youssouf Mulumbu, Michael Turner and Kyle Lafferty will also leave Carrow Road, the club confirmed.

Sporting director Stuart Webber told the club's official website: "We'd like to place on record our sincere thanks to all...

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Kyle Lafferty OK with coming off bench for Northern Ireland

Kyle Lafferty's two goals guided Northern Ireland to victory.
Kyle Lafferty scored twice as Northern Ireland cruised to victory.

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty agreed with manager Michael O'Neill's decision to leave him out of his starting line-up for the 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory over San Marino.

The 29-year-old, who is not playing regular first-team football for Norwich, was overlooked at Windsor Park as Charlton forward Josh Magennis led the line for the hosts.

But Lafferty made a huge impression after replacing Magennis in the 73rd minute, scoring either side of Jamie Ward's third to ensure Northern Ireland...

Norwich's Kyle Lafferty fined £23,000 after accepting betting charge

Kyle Lafferty started in two of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 matches this summer.

Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty has been fined £23,000 and warned over his future conduct after accepting a Football Association betting charge.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international broke FA rules by betting on a match in February.

The governing body said in a statement: ''Kyle Lafferty has been fined £23,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he accepted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.

"The Norwich City forward breached FA Rule E8 in respect of a bet placed...