Neil Markham posted a gorgeous video of Ella dancing, but a minority of people hurled awful laugh at them
When Neil Markham posted a video of his teenage daughter dancing at a football match, he could never have imagined the horrific saying that would be aimed at her.
The 43-year-old and his family are Tottenham Hotspurs fans with two season tickets. Last weekend, Ella, her 16-year-old daughter, played for the first time in the new stadium. Ella is trisomic and loves to dance.
The game ended in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham, but the 43-year-old posted a sweet video of his daughter dancing saying: “the result is never the most important thing.”
But he was shocked by the disgusting comments he would receive about his daughter.
Speaking on This Morning, he told Holly and Phil that he was not going to take it.
“I just thought someone had to protect Ella. It’s a natural reaction to protect your family, especially Ella, who may be more vulnerable than others.
“I thought to myself, ‘how am I going to deal with this?’ And I thought the only way I could do is to confront them.”
He even posted his phone number and asked anyone with an issue to discuss it with him directly.
“Only one person called me, they called me a couple of times, I believe they were linked to one of the people that trolled,” he said.
They was so bad that he added: “I couldn’t tell you on here what they said.”
“I did not make it aggressive, let’s talk about it, I’ll tell you how you made me do it, and if we do not do it again, we might have changed something.”
After he posted the video and he was inundated with awful comments, he posted again with a picture of the pair of them with the caption: “This is Ella. I’m not asking you to say how beautiful she is or for you to like the post.
“All I really want after tonight is to treat her as a normal person who would smile at you and doesn’t deserve to have had fun poked at her.”
It has been liked 24,000 times.
I posted a video of my daughter having fun … since then she is a funny and ridiculous character for some … not for what I connected to Twitter. Maybe it’s not for me
In another post, he said: “If there were more people like Ella in the world it would be a far better place.”
The video has now been viewed 1.76 million times and there has been an outpouring of support for him.
He has had more than 20,000 positive comments and he said he’s seen a different side to his football mates, who he says have been amazing.
“Whilst at times I wonder if I’ve done the right thing, I then need to think about that and it tells me I probably did.”