Adam Johnson is poised to appeal his six-year prison sentence this week, according to the disgraced footballer’s sister.
In a Facebook post, Faye Johnson also revealed that her brother has lodged an appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a child.
The former Sunderland and England winger was jailed last week after he was found guilty of grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15 earlier this month.
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Despite his conviction, Johnson’s sister has remained fiercely loyal to her sibling and runs the ‘Adam Johnson’s Appeal Fight’ Facebook page, campaigning for her brother’s conviction to be overturned.
The latest update, posted on Thursday evening, says: "Appeal Against Conviction lodged! Appeal Against Sentence is imminent this week! Awaiting confirmation for when my website can go live! Updates will follow!
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"Thanks to everyone for your continued support it means a lot!
“I will never give up!”
Johnson still has his supporters...
Faye has angered many people with her posts of public support for her brother, who is now a convicted sex offender.
But Johnson still has a significant number of supporters - and not just those who know him personally.
Faye’s latest post has over 100 replies from members of the public wishing her good luck with her campaign.
One Facebook user named Andrew Wilkinson commented: "All the best with the appeal, for what Adam did, and who with, he really does not deserve a prison term and 6 years is just ridiculous.
"I really hope this conviction gets overturned.
"Keep up the good work and give Adam my best wishes."
Johnson's conviction unlikely to be overturned?
The chances of Johnson’s conviction being overturned appear to be slim, as do the chances of his sentence being reduced.
Judge Jonathan Rose insisted that Johnson’s actions were “deliberate” and said the footballer had hoped to get away with his crime.
Rose was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “You made a deliberate decision to engage in sexual activity with this young girl and to ignore the fact that she was only 15, no doubt in the hope and expectation that you would get away with it because both she and you would delete all WhatsApp messages referring to your contact and because you thought you could rely on her to tell no one, just as you had asked.”
Johnson, who was sacked by Sunderland last month, is not expected to return to professional football after he leaves prison.
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