Adam Johnson’s sister, Faye, was heavily criticised earlier this week for launching a controversial campaign urging people to change their Facebook profile picture in support of the disgraced former Sunderland player.
And now, according to The Sun, she has published a poem, posted on the ‘Adam Johnson’s Appeal Fight’ Facebook page, hitting out at her brother’s critics.
Johnson was found guilty on one count of sexual activity with a child last week and is awaiting sentencing. The 29-year-old was told by the judge that a custodial sentence is “almost inevitable” and there’s a possibility the ex-England international could be jailed for 10 years.
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The Sun claim that Faye Johnson, 23, has written the poem in a last-ditch attempt to see her brother spared jail.
The judge has granted Johnson bail in order to say goodbye to his young daughter.
Here’s the poem that The Sun claim Faye Johnson has published…
“That man you condemn has a little baby girl
A Mum and a Dad who brought him into this world.
What would you do if this happened to yours?
Deny all your love and close all the doors?
Do you honestly think I'd sink to a level
And just turn my back and deem him a devil?
"That woman" you point at, yes it is me
I was born with a name, as I'm human you see!
I'm innocent! just in case you forgot
And will love him whether you like it or not!
I've had the abuse, the comments and more
It's nothing I haven't heard all before
I mean no offense [sic] when I say this to you
but Adams [sic] my brother and this is what i must do!”
Margaret Byrne resigns
Sunderland Football Club were also strongly criticised after last week’s verdict for allowing Johnson to play on despite knowing he had kissed the 15-year-old victim.
Margaret Byrne, the Black Cats’ chief executive, subsequently handed in her resignation on Wednesday after admitting she has made a “serious error of judgement”.
In a statement, per BBC Sport, Byrne said: ”Contrary to what has been suggested, I did not understand that Mr Johnson intended to change his plea at trial or at all. I was astounded when he did plead guilty. I accept that Mr Johnson should not have been permitted to play again, irrespective of what he was going to plead. It was a serious error of judgement and I accept full responsibility for this."
Sunderland fans can get new shirts
Sunderland, according to The Sun, have also told their supporters that they will swap any ‘Johnson 11’ shirts with brand new jerseys at the club shop.
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