Dad of 3 tackles trolls who mocked his disabled daughter's dance steps

Dad of 3 tackles trolls who mocked his disabled daughter's dance steps

A dad of three has challenged those mocking his daughter who has Down's syndrome to call him on phone.

Ella Markham was dancing during Tottenham's 1-0 loss to West Ham and the 16-year-old was called all manner of bad names.

Ella's dad, Neil, posted the heartwarming video with the message: "The result is never the most important thing #COYS."

But he was left sad after he was bombarded with sickening messages.

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One called Declano - @zelalem_fan - tweeted: “It is the fault of your testicles that your daughter has an extra chromosome, how do you feel?”

The user has since deleted his Twitter account.

A Liverpool fan called Tom - @lfcxtom - said: “When Mr Tumble takes the kids on a trip out.”

Another Reds supporter called Al - @3AI08 - tweeted: “Pathetic dance moves, no rhythm, literally all over the place. Embarrassing.”

Arsenal fan @sonny_arsenal - said: “Nice to see Harry Kane niece at the game."

One fan using the name @DrakelsTheGoat - said: “F**k off r****d, we lost.”

His account has been suspended.

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Another - @2Smirnoffices - tweeted: “F**king m**g.”

But Neil took handed his phone number to them so he could talk to them as many of the trolls backed down.

The video now has more than 1.6million times, got 24,000 likes and he has had nearly 8,000 messages in support.

Neil got a message from a first team player offering support.

Tottenham legend Graham Roberts tweeted: “@NeilMarkham1 and his lovely daughter Ella are guests of mine at my gala dinner in May and I can’t wait to spend a special evening with her.”

Another former Spurs favourite Micky Hazard said: “Hey Neil your daughter is a beautiful young lady and that is such a beautiful photo of you both.

“Sometimes people are cruel because they don’t see the beauty but the vast majority do.

“I have a Finale programme signed by the Legends for her, meet me at a game so I can give it to her x.”

A sales director Neil - married to Adele, also 43 - “I was rock bottom on Saturday night and I feel so much better now and it can only be a positive thing.

“My social media life is really about my kids, it’s not really about anything else. My brother lives away and it was a way of keeping him in the loop.

“A lot of people said it was a joke or their account was hacked.

“I’ve had people message me to say that they used to use that word before and they said they will not use it again.

“If one person doesn’t, Ella has made a difference.

“I’m not a snowflake but I will protect my daughter because I’m the only one who can.

“That is my job.

“We’ve had the best part of 9,000 messages and now 99 per cent of them are positive.

“The club have contacted me today. I’m very impressed by their response.”

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