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English football supporters arrested after waving a photo of a deceased child


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Two English football fans were arrested this weekend after mocking a photo of Bradley Lowery during a match. This boy died in 2017 at the age of six from a rare form of cancer.

Bradley Lowery had been seriously ill since childhood and deeply loved football club Sunderland FC. He, therefore, grew into a national hero. The club played against Sheffield Wednesday last Friday. During that match, two supporters of that club showed a photo of the deceased Lowery. They smiled broadly at the Sunderland fans. This led to many angry reactions. ”We condemn this outrageous and deeply deplorable behaviour. We can only apologize for the harm caused to Bradley’s family and friends,” the club responded to media outlets.

The two men, aged 27 and 31, were arrested by police in South Yorkshire. They are still in custody on suspicion of misconduct. Bradley Lowery’s mother shared on Facebook that the police visited them to ask how they were doing. She calls for “something positive to come out of this situation.” And that has been achieved. Sheffield Wednesday fans have started a fundraising campaign for Lowery’s Foundation. The target amount of 5 thousand pounds was raised in one day. The money is intended for the treatment of sick children.

Former England striker Jermain Defoe had a special bond with Bradley. In a BBC podcast called Jermain Defoe: Outside The Box, Defoe said he thinks about Bradley every day and spoke about their special friendship. He said: ”He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life. Every day, I wake up and think of little Bradley because his love was genuine.”

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