Former Sunderland player Adam Johnson has now formally lodged an appeal against the 6 year sentence handed down for grooming and sexual activity with a child.

Jailed in March after a two week trial at Bradford Crown Court, the BBC have now reported that the legal team representing Adam Johnson have lodged the appeal against the sentence.

Johnson had already begun an appeal against the most serious charge he was convicted of, relating to sexual activity with a 15-year-old.

Adam Johnson, at the onset of the trial, had admitted grooming the girl and a separate, less serious charge, of sexual activity.

When sentencing the former Sunderland player, Judge Jonathan Rose told him that he had caused his 15 year old victim ‘severe psychological harm’.