Dale Houghton, 31, from Rotherham, was arrested on Saturday after pictures showed two men laughing at a photo of Bradley during a match against his favourite club at Hillsborough on Friday.
The Sunderland fan captured the nation’s heart during his battle with neuroblastoma before he died from the illness aged six in 2017.
He was a mascot for his beloved club and, in the months before his death, led England out at Wembley alongside former Black Cats striker Jermain Defoe.
Houghton has been charged with a public order offence and is due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.
Police said a second man arrested on Saturday had been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Dale Houghton, 31, admitted a public order offence at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court following an incident at Sheffield Wednesday’s clash with Sunderland on Friday.
Houghton, from Rotherham, was bailed and will be sentenced on November 17.
District Judge James Gould told him “your actions are utterly deplorable” and that all sentence options were open, including a prison sentence.