Bournemouth congratulate Harry Arter on birth of baby girl

Harry Arter AFC Bournemouth 10092016
The Republic of Ireland international and his partner are celebrating the arrival of their daughter, drawing good wishes from the football community

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter and his partner Rachel have been congratulated on the birth of their daughter Raine.

Arter confirmed the arrival of Raine Renee Arter to close friends on Friday and also wrote a moving tribute to the couple's daughter Renee, who was tragically stillborn in 2015.

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"A rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of a storm," Arter wrote in an Instagram post.

"When the rainbow appears, it doesn’t mean the storm never happened or that the family is now dealing with its aftermath. 

"What is means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkest clouds."

Among those to congratulate the couple was Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn, who wrote on Twitter that he was "thrilled" with the news.

The Republic of Ireland international has previously spoken about the devastating loss of Renee and the impact that it has had on him and his partner.

Arter amazingly played for Bournemouth just two days after the life-changing event and revealed that he now plays with the aim of doing his daughter proud in every game.

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The midfielder's tragic experience has resonated with the wider football community, with various figures offering condolences and good wishes.

Following a recent game against Manchester City, Pep Guardiola sought Arter out after the game to wish him and his partner well, which the 27-year-old described as "an unbelievable touch."