Published: 06:40 EDT, 29 August 2017 | Updated: 07:41 EDT, 29 August 2017, Billy Sharp, pictured in 2011 at home in Southampton with his girlfriend, Jade, was trolled by a Derby County fan after he scored two goals for Sheffield United on Saturday. "Against Barnsley, it was one fan," Sharp says. and: 'I don't want to go to training,' but I realise how lucky I am to be a professional footballer. The message - believed to be from a disgruntled Doncaster Rovers fan - also wrote: 'Billy where’s your son? "I hear it sometimes. 'But as soon as he came out I knew something was wrong. 'It was more like a sigh of relief. 'What?' ', Tiernan Rhodes added: 'His name is Jordan Byrne. 'They told me and then I was given a diagram and that was it - deal with it. The charity's target is to raise £60,000 for a twelve month research project into gastroschisis. The comments below have been moderated in advance. Apologies @billysharp10. "I wanted to play on the Saturday against Coventry City when Luey was still here and the only reason I didn't was because if I'd have come back and he'd have died, I'd never have been able to live with myself. A Barnsley fan chanted a song mocking Luey's death in January 2012 and a Twitter troll spouted similar bile after Sharp had completed his £1.8m transfer to Southampton. 'If the perpetrator can be formally identified, he can expect zero tolerance and the maximum punishment from Derby County for this grossly offensive behaviour.'. "I was crying [during] the minute's applause. Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has been subjected to vile abuse on Twitter over the death of his infant child. It … The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Sharp, 31, responded to his tormentor by tweeting: 'Don't s*** yourself now you have made the comments'. What's really going to happen in the next six months? 'What is really pleasing is that he banged in a goal for his son, which is all he wanted to do. Recalling the moment they both next laid eyes on Luey, Jade said: 'He looked perfect, he looked well and wasn’t even crying. Luey will always be their shining light. 'My goal tonight was the most important goal of my career dedicated to my brave boy luey jacob sharp I love u son sleep tight.thatsforyouson,' he wrote. ', Derby County Talk wrote: 'Give him a lifetime ban, @dcfcofficial. There was praise too for the match referee, Darren Deadman, who refrained from booking Sharp for his T-shirt celebration, as he should have done under the rules of the game. 'If we can make some good for another family who have to go through what we did then we know we have done the best by Luey.'. Doctors immediately told the couple the devastating news that he was seriously ill and would not survive. Sharp felt him take his final breath. 'This has been hanging over him for a while, but perhaps he can turn over a leaf now and begin to get on with things. It tells you everything about him.'. I was in shock when I heard.". ", Follow the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation on Twitter @Foundationljs, Available for everyone, funded by readers. The comments below have been moderated in advance. Yet there was no need to panic, merely for the hospital to monitor the situation. The comments below have been moderated in advance. "Even when you have a minute where you're not thinking about him, you'll walk past a picture and it makes you smile or you'll think: 'Why isn't he here?'. Sharp was touched that his idol, Michael Owen, made contact. 'There was just a tiny stitch where he had been sewn up. That was when we were watching Match of the Day.". A Championship footballer who played and scored for his club three days after the death of his newborn son has called the goal the most important of his career. He scored a goal against Middlesbrough just two days after … Byrne then made his account private and removed his profile picture, before deleting his account completely. The information included in these records can be more sensitive, so they are sometimes restricted by the state. In the early hours of yesterday morning, Sharp used his Twitter account to thank fans of both teams for the pre-match tribute - a minute of applause before kick-off - and to describe some of the emotions he had felt. 'I was told they could deal with it once the baby was here.'. Jade and Billy joined up with a leading charity to fund a grant of more than £100,000 for research into gastroschisis. Jane Whitham, director at Cream, said: “When Billy and Jade asked for Cream’s support we were only too pleased to help. "He was a team-mate, a friend … one of the most honest, hard-working and loyal people you'll meet. Jade had regular scans as her due date crept nearer and she became quite ill but tried not to worry. The next day was Luey's funeral. Prince William takes over as patron of two wildlife charities from the Queen and Prince Philip - including... Is it really worth paying £2,200 for a padded coat? In the week that has seen football unite behind the heart attack victim Fabrice Muamba, and in the season when Gary Speed's death brought similarly strong communal outpourings, Sharp's inspirational story stands as a symbol of the game's capacity to overcome. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. SUPERCOP! In a show of remarkable strength, the child managed to fight on for two days before passing away on October 29. "I played with Gary at Sheffield United," Sharp says. Luey was born on Thursday 27 October with gastroschisis - a birth defect that causes a rupture of the abdominal wall, which exposes the intestines. 'Eventually when my waters broke I went into hospital where they were monitoring Luey and his little heart rate was dipping so they induced me and along he came. 'He was in pain, his little lungs had failed and he was leaking black stuff from his nose. I'm feline fine! 'Luey’s last breath I can still hear now. ', Following the match at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium, Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray praised Sharp for his performance on a night of deep emotion, telling reporters: 'For him to score a wonder-goal, your headlines should be there really - a goal from heaven. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Pictured: Sharp playing for Sheffield United against Derby County in 2008. The hardest part came after the funeral when they were never to return to see him. They were told that he would probably not make the ambulance. It is less than 17 months since Sharp, 27, and Jade, 26, lost their first-born son, Luey Jacob Sharp. Northerner Sharp, also 26, will face champions Manchester City when he takes to the field for the first game of the season on Sunday. Family Records. 'Billy was getting physio for an injury he’d picked up when I first heard the word gastroschisis. "I know that Jade counts the days since he went away," Sharp says. The speed with which Sharp and Fair were plunged into the whirlwind journey with Luey was one of the many hideous things. They knew straight away that they wouldn't be able to save him, although they didn't tell us at the time. Find Death information for people with the Date of Birth and/or Date of Death you specify. 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", Trauma: Sharp shows his conflicting emotions as he leaves the pitch while his girlfriend, Jade Fair, also thanked football fans for their tribute to her late son, Tribute: Before kick-off there was an emotional minute of applause from both sets of fans and the players in honour of Sharp's son. 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Sharp scored the opening goal against Middlesborough on Tuesday. 'His heart had stopped seven times but he kept fighting, the nurses couldn’t believe it. Daddy did Luey proud tonight.Sleep tight angel. However, figures have shown that cases of gastroschisis are sharply on the rise. Sharp's strength of character is staggering – so is Fair's – and he has needed it to rise above some scarcely believable abuse. Sure many would volunteer. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. Despite the disappointment, he captained the team and opened the scoring with 14th-minute wonder goal, which he celebrated by lifting up his strip to reveal a T-shirt bearing the slogan 'That's for you, son'. We are working on a pro bono basis and giving the charity all the support we can. Speaking at their home in Southampton, Hants, Jade today said: 'I clearly remember being at my 12-week scan on my own. Less than 72 hours after Sharp and his first child had spent their last moments together, in front of Match of the Day at the children's hospice, he was playing for Doncaster Rovers, his club at the time, against Middlesbrough in the Championship. ', Sharp responded to his tormentor by Tweeting: 'Shallow little boy hope ur proud of urself.'. Now Billy and Jade, 26, have launched the Luey Jacob Sharp Foundation in memory of their son and in hope of preventing future gastroschisis deaths. But that one fan and the other person on Twitter … I don't even know their names so they don't mean anything to me. *ANGRY KAREN* GETS KICKED OFF PLANE = no mask. Luey Jacob Sharp was born on Thursday October 27 last year and passed away just two days later. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.
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