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Team-mates have shunned me, Johnson tells sex trial

By Lauren Brown

Footballer Adam Johnson's former team-mates shunned him after he admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl, his trial was told yesterday.

It is understood that players including Steven Fletcher had been due to give evidence on behalf of the 28-year-old, who admits grooming and sexual activity with a child but denies two further counts of sexual activity.

Johnson's barrister Orlando Pownall QC asked him: "Since you pleaded guilty, how has their (team-mates) approach been to you?" He replied: "They took a step back."

The former England star also told the court his father took the call informing him be had been sacked by Sunderland FC.

Earlier, in cross-examination, prosecutor Kate Blackwell QC said: "Some people may feel sorry for you (Johnson) because you have thrown away your glittering career. The position you are in now was a direct result of your excessive arrogance." Johnson replied: "I would say more stupidity."

Miss Blackwell said: "The position here is that, while you have a sense of shame, you have no sense of remorse, do you?" He replied: "Yes, I do."

The prosecutor asked: "When you told the police that being arrested was the worst day of your life, that's how you felt, wasn't it?" He said: "Yes."

When asked by his barrister why, he replied: "Because I had been arrested for sexual activity with a child."

The trial at Bradford Crown Court continues.

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