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

Nadia, dressed in black with her hair tied in a tight bun, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother's funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard cemetery in Copenhagen today.

ITV pundit Nadia Nadim broke down in tears today as she bid an emotional farewell to her mum after she was killed in an excavator accident.

The women’s soccer star, 34, was forced off the air during ITV’s live World Cup coverage to learn that her mother, Hadima Nadim, 57, had been hit by a backhoe as she was returning from the gymnasium in Denmark.

Nadia, dressed in black and wearing a tight bun, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard cemetery in Copenhagen today.

Nadia, dressed in black with her hair tied in a tight bun, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother's funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard cemetery in Copenhagen today.

Nadia, dressed in black with her hair tied in a tight bun, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard cemetery in Copenhagen today.

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

The former Manchester City striker, surrounded by family and friends, choked back her tears as she paid tribute to her mother.

“I love you and we will meet again someday,” Nadia said as her voice cracked with emotion.

The 34-year-old, shaking her head in grief, cut her speech short and was comforted by her family, who hugged her.

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11 years old, having gone into hiding for three years when her father, an army general, was executed by the Taliban.

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

“I can’t say anything now, I’m really sorry,” Nadia told a Kendte.dk reporter 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 hit by an excavator in the town of Uldum, in Denmark.

The ex-Manchester City striker, surrounded by family and friends, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother's funeral

The ex-Manchester City striker, surrounded by family and friends, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother’s funeral

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

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

ITV World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother died after being killed by a truck as she returned from the gym (Pictured: Nadia moments before dropping out of the show ITV after discovering the tragic news)

ITV World Cup pundit Nadia Nadim has revealed her mother died after being killed by a truck as she returned from the gym (Pictured: Nadia moments before dropping out of the show ITV after discovering the tragic news)

It is believed she was killed instantly after the driver failed to see her as she drove off.

Nadia and her mother bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 11 years old, having gone into hiding for three years when her father, an army general, was executed by the Taliban.

In a moving Instagram tribute on Wednesday, Nadia called her mother a ‘warrior’ who gave her life ‘twice’ – first when she gave birth to him, and later when she risked everything for him provide a safer life in Europe.

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

“She was only 57 years old. 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 due to her.

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

Nadia, dressed in black with her hair tied in a tight bun, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother's funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard cemetery in Copenhagen today.

Nadia, dressed in black with her hair tied in a tight bun, was overwhelmed with emotion at her mother’s funeral at Vestre Kirkegaard cemetery in Copenhagen today.

Nadia and her mother (pictured) bravely fled Afghanistan when she was just 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 just 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 Danish footballer to be 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 Danish footballer to be 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 just 11, having gone 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 just 11, having gone into 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, along with her sister Giti, bought her a house to thank her for the support she had given the family.

An ITV spokesman 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 her loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.”

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

They moved to a refugee camp in Denmark where Ms Nadim discovered football after seeing a group of girls playing there over a fence. She was finally allowed to participate in their training despite speaking neither English nor Danish.

She joined the team in three months and was later granted asylum, allowing her and her four sisters to stay in Denmark.

In 2009, she made her senior Danish national team debut as the first non-Danish born member. She played for the team nearly 100 times.

Ms Nadim, who graduated as a doctor in January, currently plays in the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States for Racing Louisville FC. She also won the French championship 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 on panels on education and children’s sport.

She was also the first Danish footballer to be sponsored by Nike and has worked with brands such as Visa and Hugo Boss.

In 2018, she was named by Forbes as one of “the most powerful women in international sport”.

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