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ITV pundit Nadia Nadim bursts into tears as she says goodbye to her mother at the funeral

ITV pundit Nadia Nadim burst into tears today as she said an emotional goodbye to her mother after she was killed in a digging accident.

The female football star, 34, was taken off air during ITV’s live World Cup coverage to learn that her mother, Hadima Nadim, 57, had been hit by a backhoe while returning from the gym in Denmark.

Today, Nadia, dressed in black with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, was overcome with emotion at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard Cemetery in Copenhagen.

Today, Nadia, dressed in black with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, was overcome with emotion at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard Cemetery in Copenhagen

Nadia, who plays for Denmark at international level, previously stood next to a portrait of her mother as she received condolences from the hundreds of people who had gathered for the funeral.

Nadia, who plays for Denmark at international level, previously stood next to a portrait of her mother as she received condolences from the hundreds of people who had gathered for the funeral.

Nadia, who plays for Denmark at international level, previously stood next to a portrait of her mother as she received condolences from the hundreds of people who had gathered for the funeral.

Surrounded by her relatives and friends, the ex-Manchester City striker suppressed sobs as she paid tribute to her mother.

“I love you and we’ll see each other someday,” Nadia said, her voice cracking with emotion.

The 34-year-old shook her head in grief, cut off her speech and was comforted by her family, who put their arms around her.

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was only 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father was executed by the Taliban.

Nadia, who plays for Denmark at international level, stood next to a portrait of her mother today as she received condolences from the hundreds of people who had gathered for the funeral.

“I can’t say anything now, I’m very sorry,” Nadia told a journalist from Kendte.dk at the cemetery.

On Wednesday, she revealed she was forced to abandon ITV’s coverage of Denmark’s goalless draw with Tunisia to learn that her mother, Hadima, had been fatally injured by an excavator in the town of Uldum, Denmark.

Surrounded by her family and friends, the ex-Manchester City striker was overcome with emotion at her mother's funeral

Surrounded by her family and friends, the ex-Manchester City striker was overcome with emotion at her mother's funeral

Surrounded by her family and friends, the ex-Manchester City striker was overcome with emotion at her mother’s funeral

Hundreds of people gathered today for Hadima Nadim's funeral in Denmark

Hundreds of people gathered today for Hadima Nadim's funeral in Denmark

Hundreds of people gathered today for Hadima Nadim’s funeral in Denmark

ITV's World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother has died after being killed by a lorry on her way back from the gym (Picture: Nadia just before stopping the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news)

ITV's World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother has died after being killed by a lorry on her way back from the gym (Picture: Nadia just before stopping the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news)

ITV’s World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother has died after being killed by a lorry on her way back from the gym (Picture: Nadia just before stopping the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news)

She allegedly died instantly after the driver failed to see her as she stepped onto the road.

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was only 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father was executed by the Taliban.

In a moving tribute on Instagram on Wednesday, Nadia labeled her mother a “warrior” who gave her life “twice” – first when she gave birth to her, and later when she risked everything to give her a safer life in Europe .

Ms Nadim wrote on Instagram: ‘Words cannot describe what I feel. I lost the most important person in my life and it happened so suddenly and unexpectedly.

“She was only 57. She was a warrior who had fought for every inch of her life. She gave birth to me not once but twice, and everything I/we are is because of her.

“I’ve lost my home and I know nothing will ever feel the same again. Life is unfair and I don’t understand why them and why this way. I love you and I will see you again.’ She added, “Her funeral will be soon… please come and show her the love, respect and prayers she deserves.”

Today, Nadia, dressed in black with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, was overcome with emotion at her mother's funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard Cemetery in Copenhagen

Today, Nadia, dressed in black with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, was overcome with emotion at her mother's funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard Cemetery in Copenhagen

Today, Nadia, dressed in black with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, was overcome with emotion at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard Cemetery in Copenhagen

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father was executed by the Taliban

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father was executed by the Taliban

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father was executed by the Taliban

Nadia revealed the tragic news on her Instagram page on Wednesday (pictured)

Nadia revealed the tragic news on her Instagram page on Wednesday (pictured)

Nadia revealed the tragic news on her Instagram page on Wednesday (pictured)

The rising star (pictured with David Beckham) was the first female soccer player from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017.  The deal was extended to 2024 last year.

The rising star (pictured with David Beckham) was the first female soccer player from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017.  The deal was extended to 2024 last year.

The rising star (pictured with David Beckham) was the first female soccer player from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike when she signed a brand ambassador deal with the company in 2017. The deal was extended to 2024 last year.

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father (pictured) was executed by the Taliban

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father (pictured) was executed by the Taliban

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11, after hiding for three years when her army general father (pictured) was executed by the Taliban

In addition to Nadia, Hadima leaves behind four other daughters; Giti, Diana, Muskan and Mujda.

Hamida moved to Uldum in 2018 after Nadia bought her a house with her sister Giti to thank her for the support she had given to the family.

An ITV spokesperson said they were ‘deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news’. The spokesperson added: ‘We have offered Nadia our support and our thoughts are with her and those closest to her during this incredibly difficult time.’

Ms. Nadim and her mother fled Afghanistan when she was only 11 after her father was executed by the Taliban.

They moved to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Ms. Nadim discovered football after watching a group of girls play over a fence. She was eventually allowed to participate in their training despite not speaking English or Danish.

She made the team within three months and was later granted asylum, allowing her and her four sisters to remain in Denmark.

In 2009, she debuted for the Danish senior national team as the first-ever non-Danish-born member. She has made almost 100 appearances for the team.

Ms. Nadim, who qualified as a doctor in January, currently plays in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US for Racing Louisville FC. She also won the French league title in the 2020-2021 season playing with Paris Saint-German.

Off the field, she is a passionate ambassador for Unesco and regularly speaks on panels on children’s education and sport.

She was also the first female soccer player from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike, working with brands such as Visa and Hugo Boss.

In 2018, she was named one of the “Most Powerful Women in International Sports” by Forbes.

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