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Knockaert pays tribute to his late father after Brighton seal promotion

Date Posted,April 18, 2017

Anthony Knockaert paid an emotional tribute to his late father after capping his stunning season by helping Brighton seal promotion.

Knockaert’s dad Patrick passed away aged 63 in November but he has used the tragedy as a form of inspiration while it has also given him an added determination to do his father proud.

The French winger has certainly done that.

His sensational displays earned him the Championship Player of the Year award and Knockaert followed that by helping Brighton clinch a return to the top flight on Monday.

Knockaert, speaking while wearing t-shirt with a tribute message to his dad, said: “Yes, there is big thinking for my dad.

Anthony Knockaert’s father, Patrick, passed away during the season (Photo: @AKnockaert/Twitter)

“He’s been amazing in my life, the main man, and I wish he was here with me to celebrate. But that is life.

“Every day I work so hard for him and you know if everything happens for me in the right way it is because he gives me the power to fight for him.

“It’s been a tough one for me but because of this I have got an even bigger desire to work hard and to show that what he was believing about me, I will do it for him.”

Boss Chris Hughton and several Brighton players travelled to France for Patrick’s funeral and Knockaert said: “I was talking to a player about that, my dad passing away and I was telling him: ‘If I was playing for any other club in the world, I don’t think they would have done that.’

“Coming all the way from England to France and cancelling training to come to my dad’s funeral was a thing that I will never forget and I still don’t know even now how to say thank you to them.

“Now for me they are not just some team-mates but friends forever and this football club, I owe them a lot.

Knockaert celebrates after Monday’s win over Wigan

“That’s why I give every single bit of my life on the pitch and they deserve it because this club is something special and you cannot see that in any club in the world.”

Victory on Monday finally secured the promotion Brighton craved after three play-off semi-final defeats in the last four years plus missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of last season.

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