Sunday 22 July 2018

Derby hand life ban to Rams fan who mocked the death of Billy Sharp's son

A general view of Pride Park, home of Derby County prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 15, 2017 in Derby, England. (Photo by Chris Vaughan - CameraSport via Getty Images)
A general view of Pride Park, home of Derby County prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Preston North End at Pride Park Stadium on August 15, 2017 in Derby, England. (Photo by Chris Vaughan - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Derby have handed a lifetime ban to a supporter who mocked the death of Billy Sharp's son.

The fan was tracked down and interviewed by Rams officials after he quote-tweeted Sky Bet Championship club Derby at the weekend with abusive jibes aimed at Sheffield United striker Sharp, who lost son Luey Jacob just days after he was born in 2011.

Sharp opened the scoring for the Blades after five minutes and added his second goal in stoppage time as United beat Derby 3-1 on Saturday.

A statement from Derby, who named the supporter as Jordan Byrne, said: "Byrne admitted that he was responsible for the posts which were published after Saturday's game at Bramall Lane.

"While he apologised for his actions, Derby County stand firm that behaviour of this nature is entirely unacceptable and requires strong action.

"Consequently, the club has imposed a lifetime ban on this individual which prevents him attending any Derby County games - home and away - with immediate effect.

"Derby County condemns all forms of abuse and will act quickly to punish anybody who is responsible for this type of grossly offensive behaviour."

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