“At every club there are quality players. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice.  On 13 April Knockaert was sent off for the second time in his Premier League career. "It's already hard to talk to a counsellor about you life and your problems, so you won't be able to talk to people. On Thursday night Sky Sports reported that Cardiff City had made an enquiry over signing Fulham's Anthony Knockaert. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. , Brighton's first match in the top flight for 34 years was at home to eventual champions Manchester City.  Despite this, Knockaert made a farewell message to Leicester City supporters upon leaving the club, stating that he would not forget the club.  Following this, he scored again in the league on 15 August 2015, in a 1–1 draw against Mouscron and scoring two weeks later, in a UEFA Europa League against Molde in the return leg, in a 3–1 win, but was eliminated following an away goal from Molde. I was getting worse and worse until I had to say something to the club. "One day you can be successful and one day you can become no-one and life can turn like this (clicks fingers) and switch on like this and switch off like this. The double-blow left Knockaert in a "really bad way", feeling "scared" and "crazy" and "always in a bad mood, arguing with people". ", @katoymason tweeted: "Nah that's the cutest thing. , On 5 January 2019 Knockaert scored his first ever FA Cup goal in a 3–1 away win against south coast rivals Bournemouth in the third round.  While progressing in the youth at Lesquin, he almost joined Leeds United in September 2008, but both parties could not agree terms after Lens intervened in the transfer and demanded a compensatory fee. ", One wrote: "Wow so sweet.  On 1 January 2013, he scored another two league goals for the club in the reverse fixture against Huddersfield Town with Leicester City winning 6–1 and then scored another by the end of January, with a 2–1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/anthony-knockaert/profil/spieler/149237 His father passed away suddenly but Knockaert's teammates showed their solidarity when Steve Sidwell celebrated a winner against Bristol City in the Championship by holding aloft the player's shirt before the squad attended the funeral. Anthony Knockaert has opened up on his battle against depression after the death of his father and the break-up of his marriage, praising the support he received from Brighton. Knockaert said: “My little boy was in the stand today so it’s a great moment for me and my family. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here. The Frenchman received counselling last season, arranged by the club, following the break-up of his marriage and death of his dad. Anthony Knockaert has revealed how a visit from his four-year-old made FA Cup day special. Albion manager Chris Hughton and team-mates rallied to Knockaert's aid when he lost his father, Patrick, aged 63, two years ago. The Bluebirds are in the market … It’s my job, it’s my life. Picture Simon Dack.  Soon after, he signed a three-year contract with the club on 6 October 2010 Knockaert then scored his first league goals, in a 6–0 win over Maccabi Paris Métropole on 22 April 2011. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. “My wife left last summer during the pre-season, for some reason, and I just realised that I wouldn’t be with my little boy anymore,” he said. In September and October it was just getting worse and worse and I was just in a bad way. I am saying to him that’s not always as easy as it seems! Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles.  He scored again for Brighton on 13 September 2016, in a 1–0 win over Huddersfield Town. 35.2k Followers, 618 Following, 32 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Anthony knockaert (@knockaert_anthony) "It's really hard to tell your problems to people, especially when you are going through that period. And Bruno went to see the manager, the manager came to talk to me and said we are going to get you a counsellor and since it happened I've started to be a bit better and better, she helped me a lot. Happy. As the players shook hands, Knockaert Jr was carried by his dad and put his hand on Aguero's shoulder to lean in and give the cheeky kiss.
 At some point on progressing his youth career, Knockaert thought about considering quitting football after being told by the Lens' management that he was released because he was small at the time.. In the 2016–17 season, Knockaert was linked with a move to recently relegated side Newcastle United, but Brighton rejected their bid. But he took this one in style.  By the end 2012, he scored two more goals against Ipswich Town and Barnsley.  After scoring three more goals from December to early-January against Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall, He was a regular member of a settled side that went unbeaten from early December until 5 April, when promotion was assured after losses by third placed QPR and fourth placed Derby County.  Knockaert then scored three more goals later in the season, scoring twice against Metz and once against Clermont. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium.  Despite this, he scored three more goals by the end of 2015 against Gent, Genk and Mechelen. "What happened on the day of the funeral is something I will never forget," he added. "I was making myself scared, thinking I was starting to become crazy. , Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Despite this, he went on to win both Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season against Huddersfield Town and finished his first season making 47 appearances and scoring nine times in all competitions. "It was really hard to take, because I knew there was a reason. "That I didn't know where it was all going to end if I didn't talk about it. Fulham winger Anthony Knockaert is a loan target for Nottingham Forest.  Upon joining the club, he said the move interested him, citing the club's ambition as the reason he returned to England. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? , In 2015, Knockaert was given a personal leave by the club after his father, Patrick, became ill. The following year, when his father died on 3 November 2016, he sat out of the match against Bristol City. Albion were 2–0 down against Bournemouth at the time of the red card and went on to be beaten 5–0 at home. See our article comments House Rules here.
, On 21 July 2019, Knockaert joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion with an option to make the move permanent.
 On 3 August, Knockaert made his debut, coming on as a sub in a 1–0 away loss to Barnsley. It was impossible for me to concentrate on football. It was depressing. The Premier League pair both laughed at the adorable toddler, who did a tiny nod of appreciation as he was carried away. Anthony Knockaert has opened up on his battle against depression after the death of his father and the break-up of his marriage, praising the support he received from Brighton. They were the people that I needed and six months later, I realised that they weren’t here anymore and just went through a depression. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. He opted to take the penalty himself but it was saved by Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia who also saved the follow-up. He is the latest in a string of high profile players to be movingly candid about their mental wellbeing, like Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Barcelona’s Andre Gomes, who prove that even the wealthy and successful, particularly playing a sport in which the adrenaline-filled highs and very public lows intensify the higher you climb, are not immune to emotional distress. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. See our article comments House Rules here. I felt like I was on the edge, staring into the abyss. , On 7 January 2016, Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed the signing of Knockaert for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. "When I lost my dad, the most important thing for me was my wife and my baby, even if my mum was still here, she lives in France. But high-profile players are the ones with power to forge enlightenment in sport and in wider society, which is why the stories of Premier League names like Knockaert are so important in breaking the stigma. 
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