This is the emotional moment a Fulham football star surprised a young fan after he was targeted by trolls when he posted a video online of himself playing football.
Rhys Porter was left in happy tears when Fulham’s Tim Ream surprised him during a television interview.
The 13-year-old who has Quadreplegic Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy has raised more than £10,000 for disability charity Scope, following vile social media abuse.
Porter had posted a video of him saving a goal during a local football tournament and hundreds of nasty comments followed, mocking his disability and telling him to stop playing football.
Before Tim Ream entered, the youngster was asked what he would say to Ream if he was to come and meet him.
⚫️⚪️ Rhys Porter was targeted by trolls after posting a video of himself playing football. A proud Fulham fan, he was surprised by Tim Ream today.
What a beautiful moment…pic.twitter.com/3sCJ50QCTw
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) September 23, 2021
“I would say he’s a great defender,” said Porter just as Ream came up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder.
Ream told Porter how brave he was during his surprise visit during the BBC breakfast interview.
Ream said: “I showed my family his video and I just think, people see footballers as role models and inspirations, and for me, what he’s doing is more of an inspiration than anything that any of us could ever do.”
From August 24 to September 5, Porter raised money by encouraging everyone in the country to do 20 minutes of exercise everyday.
He also made 20 saves in goal each day with his local disability team.
Porter told Sky News:”It made me feel quite sad, but I try and get over it and I try and make the positives come out of the situation,
“I made an account [on TikTok], it was called ‘Rhys the Wall’, I was going to post TikToks of me in goal and I posted about four or five and I posted a video of me where I made a save, and then it went viral and it had loads of horrible comments.
“I joined a disability charity and I’m doing 20 saves a day in line with the Paralympics and I’m trying to raise some awareness for disabled people.
“You can find the positives out of a situation if you look hard enough.”
Porter was recently invited to train with the England national cerebral palsy squad at Wembley stadium after his fundraising efforts.
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