Man charged after Sheffield Wednesday fans allegedly mocked death of Bradley Lowery

Bradley Lowery Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

A man has been charged by police after Sheffield Wednesday fans appeared to mock the death of football mascot Bradley Lowery during a match against his favourite team.

The Sunderland fan captured the nation’s heart during his battle with neuroblastoma, but succumbed to the illness, aged six, in 2017.

He was a mascot for his beloved club and, in the months before his death, led England out at Wembley alongside former Black Cats striker Jermain Defoe.

Pictures circulated on X, formerly Twitter, appeared to show two men laughing as Sheffield Wednesday played Sunderland at Hillsborough on Friday, with one of them holding up a picture of Bradley to the camera.

Dale Houghton, 31, from Rotherham, was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with a public order offence, South Yorkshire Police said.

The force said it had also applied for a football banning order.

They said a second man also arrested on Saturday has been released on bail pending further inquiries.