A World Cup pundit has revealed she left a broadcast after learning her mother had been killed by a truck.
Footballer Nadia Nadim, 34, was part of ITV’s coverage of the 0-0 draw between Denmark and Tunisia on Tuesday when she heard the dreadful news.
She was absent from the panel at the final whistle, with host Mark Pougatch telling viewers she had been forced to leave the broadcast but did not elaborate.
Danish international Nadim revealed on Wednesday her mum had been hit by a truck while returning home from the gym.
Nadim, who plays for US club Racing Louisville, tweeted: “(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.”
Former Man City and PSG attacker Nadim confirmed her mother’s funeral would be taking place “soon” and asked her social media followers to “please come and show her the love, respect and prayers she deserves.”
She has received many messages of sympathy, with ITV football presenter Seema Jaswal writing: "I am heartbroken for you Nadia.
"Sending you and the family all the strength and love in the world to get through this. I wish I could have seen you before you left to give you a hug."
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An ITV spokesman added: “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.”
The Racing Louisville Twitter account said: "We're thinking of you and your family."
Nadim was born in Herat, Afghanistan, but her family fled after the Taliban executed her father in 2000.
She eventually settled in Denmark when she was 11, along with her mother and sisters.
Nadim qualified as a medical doctor in January.