Footballer ‘fears £60k weekly salary loss’

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The former Sunderland footballer was arrested in Mar final year

England footballer Adam Johnson has denied that a fear of losing his career and £60,000 per week income prevented an progressing acknowledgment of bathing and kissing a 15-year-old girl.

The former Sunderland actor denied all 4 charges opposite him though pleaded guilty to dual offences on a initial day a box was listed for trial.

Prosecutor Kate Blackwell QC indicted him of “playing a game” with a court.

The 28-year-old denies dual serve depends of passionate activity with a child.

He was sacked by Sunderland after revelation a bathing and kissing offences, on 10 February.

Having been charged in Apr final year, Ms Blackwell suggested a winger’s check in recording a guilty counterclaim furthered a girl’s pain.

After being asked because he had not finished so during an progressing hearing, Mr Johnson told a court: “It’s a recommendation we was given during a time and we went along with that.”

‘I was panicking’

The jury had progressing listened Mr Johnson’s universe was “turned upside down” when he was arrested.

Giving evidence, he pronounced he “panicked” and was “in turmoil” during his military talk in Mar 2015.

In court, he certified kissing a lady in his automobile though pronounced he attempted to “play it down”.

The conference has listened a span exchanged write numbers and messages for a series of weeks before assembly in Jan 2015 to concede a winger to pointer a Sunderland shirt for a girl.

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Adam Johnson began his counterclaim on Monday

He described how WhatsApp messages became “flirty” and “inappropriate” before a second assembly on 30 January.

Mr Johnson certified he did not always answer some military questions wholly truthfully.

He said: “My universe had got incited upside down and we was perplexing to play it down as most as we could.”

When asked by Orlando Pownall QC, defending, about what state he was in during his initial interview, Mr Johnson said: “I was panicking. we had all these thoughts going by my mind about everything. To name a couple, my career, my family, we was in turmoil.”

The actor pronounced he was “surprised” a teenage lady had told military that serve passionate activity had taken place.

He said: “I couldn’t trust a things she was observant to police. we felt like someone else was revelation her to contend these things.”

Mr Johnson told a justice he did not try to feel her breasts or put his hands underneath her t-shirt.

Born in Sunderland, Mr Johnson began his career during Middlesbrough before relocating to Manchester City and afterwards on to Sunderland for £10m in 2012.

The conference continues.