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Everton Football Fan, 8, With CP, Told By Manchester City Fans That He Should Have Been Drowned At Birth

January 29, 2016

A disabled eight-year-old ‘true Blue’ Everton fan who was allocated seats in the Manchester City side of the clubs’ Capital One Cup semi-final clash was told by fans he ‘should have been drowned at birth’.

Everton fan James Ireland, fondly known as ‘JJ’, was taken to the match by his dad James, 35, having seats allocated through his season ticket.

The Garston boy was shown by stewards to the south-side, to what were apparently the wrong seats, only to become the victim of horrific verbal abuse.

JJ, who has has cerebral palsy, was told by Man City fans that he ‘should have been drowned at birth’ along with other abuse.

His dad said the stewards ‘did nothing’ – and at one point, a fan tried to climb over the barrier to get to the father and son and was merely placed back in his seat by stewards.

JJ was the only disabled child in the area and wearing all of his Everton gear, including an Everton blanket for his wheelchair, but now he never wants to go to another away match.

James said he struggled to keep his mouth shut while his vulnerable son was being abused, adding: “I knew I couldn’t defend himself or JJ against the fans.”

When they were asked to leave, to join the Everton side, they were led through the hostile crowd instead of out and away from the offensive slurs.

The only boy in the family, with three sisters, ‘true Blue’ JJ loves going to matches with his dad.

His concerned and upset mother works as his carer and expressed her shock after the incident.

Helen Ireland, 32, said: “This was JJ’s first night away match, he was only allowed because it was the cup and he begged us.

“He was made up, so excited to see the ground.

“We bought the tickets through Everton, it was all above board, but Man City allocated the seats – they should have been safe, especially for a disabled child.

“Even if it was with the Man City fans, he should have been safe, nobody should have to hear those words – they got to him and sunk in.”

JJ was shaken up after the match, according to Helen,

She said: “The experience Everton fans had from Man City fans was disgusting – grown adults should know better.”

Manchester City have been approached for comment.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Darren permalink
    January 29, 2016 9:23 pm

    What a heartbreaking story. some people are just so horrible and disgusting!

  2. Bookworm permalink
    January 29, 2016 9:33 pm

    How can adults treat a little boy like this? They should be banned for life from football grounds. They are utterly dispicable, along with the stewards.

  3. Marika Rebicsek permalink
    January 30, 2016 1:27 am

    The stewards should be banned too. I was so distressed reading this. One of the nicest people I know has CP and she won bronze medal at the last Paralympics. I hope the Dad report this as hate crime

  4. January 30, 2016 8:53 am

    Reblogged this on campertess.

  5. Alan Phillips permalink
    January 31, 2016 10:58 am

    So what stopped the father, who now appears very vocal, from speaking out BEFORE the pair where put into the South side? Had he questioned the stewards at the time about placing them in that end and possible danger it could have been avoided!!!I am not depending the morons who abused and in my opinion committed a criminal offence of disabled hate crime!!
    BTW I am a city fan but ashamed of the club in this instance!!

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