Bradley Lowery: Two held over ‘taunts’ aimed at Sunderland fanson September 30, 2023 at 11:45 pm

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South Yorkshire Police say the arrests are part of its investigation into alleged public order offences.

Bradley LoweryImage source, PA

Sheffield Wednesday is investigating after an image was shared online of two of its supporters mocking Bradley Lowery, who died of cancer aged six.

The photograph was allegedly taken at Hillsborough on Friday as the team played Sunderland, who Bradley was a mascot for before he died in 2017.

The club said it would investigate along with South Yorkshire Police.

“We roundly condemn this outrageous and utterly deplorable behaviour,” a spokesman said.

“We can only apologise for the undoubted distress caused to Bradley’s family and friends.”

Bradley Lowery with Jermain Defoe

Image source, PA

South Yorkshire Police has been approached for comment.

Wednesday were beaten by Sunderland 3-0 at the game on Friday.

Bradley, of Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, was a Sunderland fan, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – when he was 18 months old.

He went on to be the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.

His mum, Gemma Lowery, said in a statement through the Bradley Lowery Foundation that police had been in touch to check on her wellbeing and were taking it very seriously.

‘No colours’

She said: “Understandably people are angry, if I wasn’t so upset I’d be angry too.

“Bradley was and still is well loved in the football community, which I’m eternally grateful for, but I must ask that everyone lets the police do their job, and deal with the low lives.”

She added: “I want to thank Sheffield Wednesday, for their quick condemnation, and the support their fans have shown.

“Like we always say, cancer has no colours, and as we all know it can affect anyone at any time.”

Well-wishers raised more than £700,000 in 2016 to pay for Bradley to be given antibody treatment in New York, but medics then found his cancer had grown and his family was told his illness was terminal.

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