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ITV pundit Nadia Nadim breaks down in tears as she bids farewell to her mother during funeral

ITV critic Nadia Nadeem broke down in tears as she bid farewell to her mother after she was killed in a drilling accident.

The women’s soccer star, 34, was forced off air during ITV’s live coverage of the World Cup to learn that her mum, Halima Nadeem, 57, had developed a digger while returning from the gym in Denmark.

Today, Nadja, dressed in a black dress with her hair pulled back into a tight bun, felt emotional at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kierkegaard Cemetery in the Danish town of Aarhus.

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

Nadia, who plays for Denmark at international level, had earlier stood next to a picture of her mother as she accepted the condolences of hundreds of people who gathered at the funeral.

Nadia, who plays for Denmark at international level, had earlier stood next to a picture of her mother as she accepted the condolences of hundreds of people who gathered at the funeral.

Surrounded by her relatives and friends, the former Manchester City striker choked while paying tribute to her mother.

“I love you and we will see each other one day,” Nadia said while her voice cracked with emotion.

The 34-year-old was shaking her head sadly, interrupting her speech and being comforted by her family, who put their arms around her.

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

Today, Nadia, who plays for the Danish national team at the international level, stood next to a picture of her mother as she accepted the condolences of hundreds of people who gathered at the funeral.

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

On Wednesday, she revealed she had to abandon ITV’s coverage of Denmark’s goalless draw with Tunisia to learn her mother, Halima, was fatally struck by a digger in the town of Uldum, Denmark.

The former Manchester City striker, surrounded by her relatives and friends, was overcome with emotions during her mother's funeral

The former Manchester City striker, surrounded by her relatives and friends, was overcome with emotions during her mother’s funeral

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

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

ITV World Cup pundit Nadia Nadeem has revealed her mother died after being killed by a truck while returning from the gym (pictured: Nadia moments before leaving the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news)

ITV World Cup pundit Nadia Nadeem has revealed her mother died after being killed by a truck while returning from the gym (pictured: Nadia moments before leaving the ITV broadcast after discovering the tragic news)

It is believed that she was killed instantly after the driver failed to see her when she entered the road.

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

In a touching Instagram tribute on Wednesday, Nadia called 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. Nadeem wrote on Instagram: “Words cannot describe how I feel. I lost the most important person in my life and it happened suddenly and unexpectedly.

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

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

Nadia, dressed in black with her hair combed back in a tight bun, was overcome with emotion at her mother's funeral at Vestre Kierkegaard Cemetery in Copenhagen.

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

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was 11, after going into 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 11, after going into 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)

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

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

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

In addition to Nadia, Hedima left behind four more daughters. Getty, Diana, Maskan and Glory.

Hamida moved to Oldem in 2018 after Nadia and her sister, Giti, bought her a house to thank her for the support she gave the family.

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

Nadeem and her mother fled Afghanistan when she was 11, after her father was executed by the Taliban.

They moved to a refugee camp in Denmark where Ms. Nadeem discovered soccer after seeing a group of girls playing it over a fence. Eventually she was allowed to take part in their training despite not speaking either English or Danish.

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

In 2009, she made her debut for the Danish senior national team as the first non-Danish female member. I’ve played for the team nearly 100 times.

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

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

She was also the first female soccer player from Denmark to be sponsored by Nike and has worked with brands like Visa and Hugo Boss.

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

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