Football Fan Pleads Guilty to Taunting Bradley Lowery’s Image During Match.

A Sheffield Wednesday fan, Dale Houghton, has admitted to a public order offence after taunting opposition supporters with a picture of Bradley Lowery during a match against Sunderland. Bradley Lowery, a young football mascot who touched the hearts of many during his battle with neuroblastoma, tragically passed away at the age of six in 2017.

During the match, Houghton was captured on camera laughing as he brandished the image of Bradley Lowery, leading to widespread condemnation from the football community and the public. District Judge James Gould, presiding over the case, did not mince words, describing Houghton’s actions as “utterly deplorable.”

Houghton has been released on bail ahead of a sentencing hearing scheduled for November 17, 2023, where he will face the consequences of his actions.

This unfortunate incident is not the first of its kind, as fans have been previously accused of mocking Bradley Lowery’s memory during football matches. In 2017, two men were arrested for taunting the young boy during a match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, sparking outrage among fans and the wider community.

It is imperative to remember that football is a sport meant to be enjoyed in the spirit of sportsmanship and respect. The actions of individuals like Houghton are not only unacceptable but also tarnish the reputation of the sport itself. Football, like any other sport, should promote unity and camaraderie among fans, transcending rivalries and differences.

The tragic story of Bradley Lowery touched people around the world, and his memory should be respected and honored, rather than used as a means of provocation during sporting events.

As football enthusiasts, players, and supporters, we must collectively work towards ensuring that such incidents do not occur again in the future, and that the beautiful game is played and enjoyed with the respect and dignity it deserves.





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