Adam Johnson's sister has started a controversial campaign, urging people to change their Facebook profile picture in support of the former Sunderland player, reports The Guardian.
Faye Johnson has posted a "Justice for Johnson" photograph on Facebook following the footballer's child sex offence convictions.
The 29-year-old has been found guilty of sexually touching an under-aged girl and will be sentenced later this month.
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Johnson, of course, had previously admitted to kissing and grooming the 15-year-old school girl but was cleared of one further count.
However, it appears that his sister, who was present at the majority of his three-week trial, is firmly behind him at this stage.
Releasing a photo of the player and his one-year-old daughter, Faye Johnson stated: “Change your profile picture to support Adam Johnson’s appeal. Facebook removed our group but we will not stop publicising our support #TeamAJ”.
Ultimately, though, the "Justice for Johnson" campaign has already been removed by Facebook. It was taken down after over 1,000 people "liked" the Adam Johnson Appeal Fight page.
The report claims that there were vile comments about his victim on the page, which led to a number of complaints.
Anonymous paedophile hunters, Dark Justice, were angry about the appeal page, stating: “We think it’s crazy such a page even got made and some of the stuff said on there was sick. There was no need at all. We’re glad it’s gone.”
As recently reported by the Daily Mail, the ex-England international is considering whether or not to appeal against the conviction.
As it stands, Johnson is out on bail but has been held to a 7pm to 7am curfew. However, it appears that he is set to face a lengthy prison sentence with the same report from The Guardian claiming that he could face between five and ten years in prison.
The judge told him: "You must understand that when you return here at the end of March you will receive a substantial prison sentence."
Johnson's former club Sunderland have come in for a great deal of criticism over their handling of the player.
The Black Cats dismissed the midfielder after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child. However, it has been documented that the club were made aware of Johnson's activity long before the trail began.
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