Two arrests after football match in which fans challenge opponents with photo of club icon Bradley (6) who died of cancer

Bradley passed away in 2017. — © belgaimage

Two fans of English football club Sheffield Wednesday have been arrested after challenging opposing supporters with a photo of a deceased boy. British media report this on the authority of the local police.

On Friday, Sheffield Wednesday-Sunderland was scheduled in the English second division. However, the match, won 0-3 by Sunderland, was marred by two fans of the home team. During the match they had challenged the opposing supporters by showing a photo of Bradley Lowery.

Bradley, a young Sunderland supporter who died in 2017 after a long battle with cancer, had become a club icon. His story stirred emotions both in the United Kingdom and far beyond. He was barely a year and a half when he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Despite extremely painful treatments, he became the mascot of his beloved football team. He was allowed on the field with the players several times and during that period he even became friends with Jermain Defoe, former English international and then Sunderland striker. When his parents appealed at that time to send him a card for Christmas, he received no less than 200,000 from all over the world.

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Bradley with best friend Jermain Defoe.

After a courageous five-year struggle, he died in July 2017. Many thousands of people attended his funeral, including the players of his favorite football club.

The two fans were already summoned by their club Sheffield Wednesday and have also been arrested, British media report. They are said to be brothers aged 27 and 31. “However, the investigation is still in its early stages and we urge anyone with more information to contact us,” local police said.

Gemma, Bradley’s mother, had previously commented on the incident on Facebook. “Cancer has no color,” she wrote. “And where is the respect for families who have lost their child to cancer? This is extremely sad for me to see.”

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