Striker Billy Sharp scored the first goal for Doncaster in the Championship Football Club game against Middlesborough Tuesday night following the tragic death of his two-day old son.
Sharp surprised fans by playing in the Doncaster vs. Middlesbrough game Tuesday. He was met with a warm welcome and standing ovation from fans, the Yorkshire Post reported. He asked fans and lead players to offer a minute applause before the start of the game to honor the short life of his son.
Within the first 14 minutes of the game, Sharp scored the opening goal. He pointed to the sky and lifted his jersey, revealing the words: That's for you, son! The referee allowed Sharp to dedicate the moment to his late son and did not issue a caution.
The 25-year-old Sharp did not play in a 1-1 draw with Coventry over the weekend due to an unspecified family issue. It was later revealed that his two-day old son, Louie Jacob Sharp, passed away late Saturday.
Fans expressed their condolences and love for the acclaimed player on Twitter.
Chris Hardwick: Billy Sharp. Well played sir. Massive respect. Thoughts are with him & his family.
Alex Barston: 100% respect for billy sharp, gone through the worst thing a parent could yet still does what he did tonight. Hero.
Emily Tideswell: I have so much respect for Billy Sharp. An amazing inspiration and a true sports-man. Rest in piece Louie Sharp