The sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has posted pictures of letters of support for her brother on Facebook.
Faye Johnson has created an appeal page on the social media site and admitted she receives “a phenomenal amount of letters of support by post daily”.
She shared images showing some of the letters onto the page, which is also filled with abuse for the victim.
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One message, according to the Mirror, claims the victim is planning to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, while others have revealed their sadness at not seeing the player in a Sunderland shirt.
Ahead of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland, Black Cats fan Christoper Mason wrote: “Me and the wife Lisa Mason team aj total miss but I know you be cheering us on.”
Faye, 23, accompanied one photo with the message: “Not only do I receive support on-line, I also receive a phenomenal amount of letters of support by post daily! I can't thank everyone enough.....it means a lot. Faye x”
Faye Johnson's post
Johnson will appear in Bradford crown court on Thursday to be sentenced for grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
He was warned by the judge to expect between five and ten years imprisonment.
Sunderland's survival bid
Johnson leaves behind a career at Sunderland as the club prepare for an important stretch of matches.
Sam Allardyce’s side remain in the bottom three following the 1-1 draw with Newcastle - Jermain Defoe put them ahead before half-time but Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised late on - and they have eight games to secure their Premier League status for next season.
Allardyce was furious
Allardyce, as you might expect, wasn’t pleased to see his team’s inability to put the game away.
“If we don't start getting these clean sheets it will be a massive problem for us,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.
“We're a team that has to score at least two goals to win a game and that's a fact, so sadly we didn't get the second goal.”
He continued: “We had enough chances to put the game to bed. Second half I don't know why we sat in, it worried me why they did that and let Newcastle come onto them, rather than playing like we did for most of the game.
“Maybe it was the size of the game and they wanted to sit on what they had. It's another two points dropped sadly.
“It's another point, 26, and we need at least four wins in the last eight, then we're getting into must win rather than draw."