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A football supporter has been suspended by his club after an alleged “hateful” social media post about Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery was shared online.

West Bromwich Albion said in a statement they are “appalled” by the “disgusting” post.

The Championship club said it is helping police with their inquiries after hearing about a “hateful social media post referencing Bradley in the wake of the club’s defeat at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

“Bradley was an inspirational young Sunderland fan who captured the heart of the nation as he bravely battled stage four high risk neuroblastoma – a rare form of childhood cancer – before his tragic passing, aged just six in, 2017,” read a club statement.

“Albion have identified and suspended the account of a supporter pending further legal inquiries and reserves the right to issue an indefinite club ban.

“The club are appalled by the disgusting post and offer their sincere apologies to Sunderland AFC and the Lowery family”.

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Bradley Lowery with Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe. Pic: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

The Bradley Lowery Foundation said on X it was “extremely sad that this keeps happening”.

Last month, a Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holder who mocked the boy’s death at a match, was given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

A judge told Dale Houghton, 32, from Rotherham, his actions were “utterly appalling”.

Before he died, Bradley, who was a Sunderland mascot, was pictured with his favourite player, Jermain Defoe.

The striker spent time in hospital with Bradley and led out the England side with him for an international match.

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