Sunderland boss David Moyes says 'there are more important things than football' after players visit Bradley Lowery

Black Cats boss David Moyes has aid there are more important things than football after praising players for cheering up a terminally ill mascot in hospital.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 11 February, 2017, 10:28
Bradley Lowery being visited in hospital by Sunderland football players (left to right) Seb Larsson, Jermain Defoe, Vito Mannone and John O'Shea.

Bradley Lowery, five, fell asleep cuddling his hero Jermain Defoe and was thrilled to see club captain John O'Shea, goalkeeper Vito Mannone and midfielder Seb Larsson on Thursday.

Bradley Lowery after he fell asleep on Sunderland football player Jermain Defo

Bradley, from Blackhall, County Durham, has been a mascot for his beloved Sunderland several times this season and has touched the hearts of fans across the world.

Bradley's family shared photos of the hospital visit on social media with their many well-wishers who have supported his battle with the rare cancer neuroblastoma.

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At his pre-match press conference, Moyes was asked about the players visiting Bradley.

Bradley Lowery after he fell asleep on Sunderland football player Jermain Defo

He said: "A lot of footballers get a bad rap and a lot of things said about them, but I'll tell you the truth, I didn't even know the boys were at the hospital yesterday.

"They were at the hospital seeing Bradley and it was great for them, but also maybe it makes them realise how lucky we are and that there are some things much more important than football.

"It's important to us - we want to win for the supporters and for the club, but there are other things out there as well."