Adam Johnson, the disgraced former Sunderland and England footballer, could be jailed for up to 10 years later today.
The 28-year-old was found guilty of one offence of sexual activity with a child by a jury at Bradford Crown Court on March 2 and has been on bail since.
One person who has stuck by Johnson, however, is his sister. And Faye Johnson has sparked more controversy today with a Facebook message backing her brother.
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“Today is the sentencing for my brother, the worst day of my life 💔“ she posted on Facebook, according to Guardian correspondent Josh Halliday. “I just wanted to let all of the supporters know that I will not be attending Bradford Crown Court, the reason for this is Adam has always been my hero, my brother and my best friend, I just don't want him to see the pain in my eyes!
“Instead I will be at home with my little boy, Adams number 1 fan, Adam's daughter and the mother of his child Stacey.
“I remain proud of my big brother and I am 100% behind him and I always will be.
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“Love you Adam, See you soon 😪💔“
She also wrote a poem...
While the majority have criticised Faye Johnson for posting this message - which fails to acknowledge the victim - others have, somewhat surprisingly, argued in the comments that the former footballer doesn’t deserve a prison sentence for his crime.
Johnson’s sister also sparked controversy earlier this month when she reportedly posted a poem - per The Sun - which remains pinned to the top of the Adam Johnson Appeal Fight Facebook page.
The poem reads: “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!”
Johnson filmed running into court
Johnson was filmed running into court this morning and the verdict should be announced within the next few hours.
What do you make of Faye Johnson’s Facebook message? Let us know by leaving a comment below.