A page set up in support of an appeal for disgraced former footballer Adam Johnson has been removed from Facebook.
Before it was taken down, more than 1,000 people “liked” theAdam Johnson Appeal Fight page which was set up in support of the former Sunderland winger who was convicted of sexual activity with a child.
Some of the unpleasant comments about his victim angered members of the public, who then complained to Facebook and asked for it to be removed.
The 28-year-old had already admitted grooming and a separate charge of sexual activity with a child when he went on trial at Bradford Crown Court, claiming he only kissed the 15-year-old fan in his car.
He was told a jail sentence was “almost inevitable”.
The Facebook page, which was set up by the footballer’s sister Faye Johnson, featured a black-and-white photo of the player cuddling his baby daughter.
The disgraced footballer’s sister attended almost every day of her brother’s three-week trial, sitting in the public gallery alongside her father, Dave, and Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders.
The page pointed out that a jury cleared him of one count of sexual activity with a child.
Some of those supporting the player made vile comments about the girl on the page.
Among those angry about the appeal page were the anonymous paedophile hunters, Dark Justice.
One of the Tyneside-based pair said: “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.”