An eleven-year-old Sheffield Wednesday fan named Cole has earned praise for using his Christmas money to buy a basket of sweets for Coventry midfielder Kasey Palmer, who recently alleged racial abuse during a Sky Bet Championship match between the two sides at Hillsborough on January 20.
Moved by the disturbing incident, young Cole sought guidance from the anti-discrimination educational charity, Show Racism The Red Card, before deciding to take action.
Using the money he had received for Christmas, Cole and his mother, Cheryl Scrafield, put together a thoughtful basket filled with sweets, which was presented to Palmer ahead of the teams’ FA Cup fourth-round encounter last Friday.
Approaching Palmer after his pre-match warm-up, Cole expressed his dismay over the racial abuse, describing it as “just horrible.”
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Palmer, visibly touched by the young fan’s sincerity, appreciated the kind words, embraced Cole and his mother, and engaged in a lighthearted conversation about his FIFA skills.
“I cannot go back into the changing room with this, I might get in trouble!” joked Palmer, holding onto the basket filled with chocolate bars.
Coventry, acknowledging Cole’s gesture of goodwill, shared the heartwarming moment on their official social media account, prompting an outpouring of support from Sky Blues fans who commended the young fan for demonstrating “maturity beyond his years.”
Calls have also emerged for Cole and his mother to be invited to the replay at Coventry, with suggestions of a standing ovation from the home crowd as a tribute to the young supporter’s compassionate act.
In a show of solidarity, Coventry’s players took the knee in support of Palmer before kick-off in Friday’s match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
However, the match was not without controversy, as booing directed towards Palmer could be heard from a section of Sheffield Wednesday fans during the game.
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