Laughing football yobs are caught on camera mocking the memory of tragic Bradley Lowery a


  • The young fan passed away in 2017 after a near-lifelong battle with rare cancer 
  • Wednesday condemned their fans in the strongest possible terms on Saturday 
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Laughing football yobs have been caught on camera mocking the memory of tragic Bradley Lowery at the club where the brave six-year-old was a mascot before he lost his battle to a rare cancer.

Bradley tragically died at the age of six in 2017, after the young Sunderland fan was diagnosed with rare cancer neuroblastoma when he was just 18 months old. 

His story touched many hearts across the world. During his brave battle, he was also a special guest of BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2016.

South Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation into the two yobs, as have Sheffield Wednesday, where the pair pulled the disgusting stunt during a meeting between the two teams on Friday evening. 

The home fan was pictured at the 3-0 Wednesday defeat holding up a zoomed-in picture of Lowery in Sunderland kit on his phone, with another fan looked amused that the man was brazenly displaying the picture for all the stadium to see. 

The child’s strong ties to his club – as well as close and enduring friendship with then-Sunderland player Jermaine Defoe – saw him take to the pitch as a mascot, as well as win Match of the Day’s goal of the month after finding the back of the net against Chelsea in December 2019. 

Lowery’s battle was near-lifelong after being diagnosed with the disease at 18 months, and his bravery saw him capture national attention and raise awareness for the illness – with his mother Gemma later setting up a charitable foundation in his name.  

Two Sheffield Wednesday fans were seen cruelly mocking late Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery

Two Sheffield Wednesday fans were seen cruelly mocking late Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery

The man held up a picture of the young supporter brazenly whilst a friend laughed at the act

The man held up a picture of the young supporter brazenly whilst a friend laughed at the act

The six-year-old's bravery became an important symbol for the Black Cats and saw Lowery strike up an enduring friendship with Jermaine Defoe

The six-year-old’s bravery became an important symbol for the Black Cats and saw Lowery strike up an enduring friendship with Jermaine Defoe

As the image circulated on X (formerly Twitter), supporters were quick to decry the hurtful nature of the behaviour, with many condemning the act as ‘disgusting’ and calling for lifelong bans for the two men. 

A Sheffield Wednesday spokesperson told Mail Sport: ‘We are aware of the images circulating and have launched an immediate investigation together with South Yorkshire Police. We roundly condemn this completely outrageous and utterly deplorable behaviour. We can only apologise for the undoubted distress caused to Bradley’s family and friends.’

The behaviour of the two fans could see consequences for both the men and their club, from banning orders, to fines, to criminal charges. 

At this year’s FA Cup final, a Manchester United supporter was arrested with a public order offence and taken into custody after an image circulated of James White, of Warwickshire, wearing a Red Devils jersey printed with the number 97 on the back of the shirt, and the phrase ‘Not Enough’ above it in reference to the 97 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. 

After pleading guilty, White received a four-year ban from football and an indefinite ban from his club meted out after his sentencing.

Lowery was awarded MOTD goal of the month for his effort against Chelsea in December 2016

Lowery was awarded MOTD goal of the month for his effort against Chelsea in December 2016

At this year's FA Cup final James White was arrested on a public order offence and later charged with displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress for taunting victims of the Hillsborough disaster

At this year’s FA Cup final James White was arrested on a public order offence and later charged with displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress for taunting victims of the Hillsborough disaster

The Wednesday fans’ act came just hours after Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri published an elaborate statement detailing his reasoning behind no longer putting money into the club – a decision met with widespread uproar by supporters. 

One reason given by Chansiri as he demanded fair treatment from his ‘selfish’ fans was his disapproval over their conduct. 

‘As a club we have made many statements about the conduct of supporters, and those who have broken the regulations could lead to us receiving fines from the FA,’ Chansiri. ‘Some clubs have been fined up to £100,000 for breaking the regulations and of course this is something we do not wish to see at Sheffield Wednesday.’

Chansiri cited earlier pitch invasions and fan protests but new laws around ‘tragedy chanting’ or related ‘gesturing and displaying’ of offensive messages based on ‘football-related tragedies, which causes significant distress to the victims’ families, survivors and affected-club supporters’ could see the club penalised for instances such as Friday night’s. 

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