Tributes have been paid to Doncaster footballer Billy Sharp, who not only played but also scored a goal on Tuesday just three days after the death of his newborn son.
Having missed the game against Coventry due to his son’s death, Sharp surprised many fans by starting the game against Middlesbrough. He scored in the 14th minute, after which he lifted up his Doncaster shirt to reveal a t-shirt with the message ‘That’s for you, son’, in tribute to the late Louie.
Although players usually receive a yellow card for showing messages on shirts in this way, referee Darren Deadman decided to let the incident pass on this occasion.
Sharp’s goal didn’t help Doncaster win the game, as they went on to lose 3-1. But Rio Ferdinand, former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor and former England striker Stan Collymore are among those who have paid tribute to Sharp’s decision to play.