Tottenham striker Harry Kane has invited a fan subjected to online abuse to be a mascot at the club’s last Premier League match of the season.
Neil Markham posted a video of his daughter Ella dancing at the club’s new stadium after Spurs lost to West Ham.
As a result Ella and her father received a slew of online abuse from fans upset about the result.
But that was followed by messages of support that Mr Markham said left him “overwhelmed”.
On Saturday Mr Markham, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, posted a video of Ella dancing at the stadium on Twitter with the caption “the result is never the most important thing”.
After posting the video Ella, who lives with Down’s syndrome, was ridiculed online, and Mr Markham was also subjected to abuse for posting the video.
He said: “Ella was being called all sorts of names, [people were] laughing at her in terms of the way she was dancing and the way she looked.
“I was getting abuse in terms of having a child with Down’s syndrome.”
But Mr Markham said the response from people in support of Ella “has been absolutely phenomenal”.
Most importantly for Ella, her favourite player Harry Kane sent his own video of support to the family.
In it he said: “I just want to thank you for your amazing support. Your family are proud of you as well.
“We know you’re a big fan and we’d love for you to come down and be a mascot for the last game of the season.
“Keep dancing and keep doing what you’re doing, lots of love.”
A Tottenham Hotspur spokesperson confirmed Ella would be a mascot at Spurs’ final Premier League game against Everton on 12 May.
They added the club was doing all it could “to identify those responsible for these posts and take the appropriate action”.