Fan with Down Syndrome Bullied for Dancing at Soccer Game, Gets Sweet Message from Players

Her sweet dance video was met with unkindness on social media. But soon, team legends reached out to support her.


Every parent wants all the best for his/ her child. That’s not something new. We, as parents, try to give our best just to make the kids happy and satisfied. We don’t want the kids to be left in sad and depressing mood, no matter what.

This is also true for Neil Markham and his daughter Ella from Oxfordshire, England, UK. Ella has Down Syndrome, but that doesn’t stop her from fully enjoying the life.

Neil and his 16-year old daughter went to see the Trottenham Hotspur FC. The team played for the first time in the new stadium and that means a lot of fun for the spectators.

At the end, Spurs lost the match, but that didn’t stop the family from having the most beautiful moments in their lives.

As they were walking around the stadium, they saw a live band. Their music and the positive vibes made Ella feel like never before.

Ella started dancing and having a great time. Immediately, Neil took the camera and recorded the extremely happy daughter. He posted the story on Twitter.

The moment was just adorable for them. Neil laughed a lot and his idea was that since this made him happy, it will probably make other people smile as well. Therefore, he posted the video, but trolls started leaving bad comments, especially because of the fact that Ella has Down syndrome.

The story was heard by ‘This Morning’ as well. Neil talked about the event and the comments. He explained that many comments were too cruel, and he did not show all of them to his wife. This made him feel devastated.

Neil started thinking about handling the situation in a proper way. He said:

“The only way I could do is to confront them.”

Therefore, he started retweeting to the bad comments. His intention was to fight back, but in case that’s not achievable, at least he could clarify the situation in details. Among the things, he wrote:

“This is the sort of ignorance that I have to put up with from time to time. My daughter sees the best in everyone even people like this. I’m very proud of her.”

However, as soon as he started retweeting, the original comments were deleted by the people themselves.

Nevertheless, there were not only bad comments. There were also positive ones, who supported Neil and his daughter. One of them was even Micky Hazard. He wrote:

“Hey Neil your daughter is a beautiful young Lady and that is such a beautiful photo of you both. Sometimes people are cruel because they don’t see the beauty but the vast majority do.”

Besides Hazard, Graham Rogers also posted and he invited Ella to a gala dinner. He said:

“I can’t wait to spend a special evening with her.”

The Spurs’ spokesperson also made announcement regarding this case. For Daily Mail he said:

“We are extremely disappointed to see the reaction by a small minority of people to a social media post by Ella’s father of his daughter at our most recent home game.”

He also added:

“We will do all we can to identify those responsible for these posts and take the appropriate action. We are in contact with Ella’s family to ensure she realises just how grateful we are for her support and that has been reflected even wider by the overwhelmingly positive support to the video from true football supporters.”

Neil finally accomplished what he wanted to achieve. He showed that Ella is “a normal person who would smile at you and doesn’t deserve to have have fun poked at her.”

Thanks to the positive people out there, Neil and his daughter can now relax. Bad people are behind them and hopefully they will leave them alone.