A Manchester City fan who has Adam Johnson’s signature tattooed onto his leg desperately wants it removed after the winger admitted to child sex offences. Rob Mullen, 26, got the tattoo done five years ago to celebrate the club’s historic FA Cup win.
He contacted E4 show Tattoo Fixers asking them to try and get it removed, but with no response to date. The tattoo covers a huge chunk of his leg, meaning it would be costly to get it covered up or removed.
Rob, a jeweler from Whitefield, went to a signing at the club shop following City’s win over Stoke at Wembley in May 2011, the club’s first piece of silverware in 35 years.
There he met Johnson along with current star David Silva and now former midfielder Nigel De Jong, who had all starred in the landmark game.
Rob got all three of them to sign his leg with a marker pen before the next day, after leaving the stadium, Robert went to the Tattoo
parlor to have the autograph permanently inked on his leg.
However, he was left shell-shocked when Johnson, who left the club in the summer of 2012 to join Sunderland, was last year arrested on suspicion of sex offences.
Rob has now decided he wants it removed after Adam Johnson last week admitted grooming and having sexual activity with a schoolgirl, because he has been increasingly embarrassed at having the star’s name written on his leg as details of the case have emerged from the courtroom.
Both his mum and his girlfriend have also told him to have it removed, though it is likely to be a costly procedure, which is why he is now appealing for a tattoo specialist or remover to come forward and help him out.
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In Rob’s words;
“At the time I got it done he was probably my favorite player. I even changed my name on Facebook to Robert ‘Adam Johnson’ Mullen. The FA Cup win was huge for us so I wanted to do something to celebrate and thought that would look pretty cool. But I obviously never expected any of this to happen. I started to get a bit of stick when first got arrested but he was denying everything.”
“It’s obviously got a hundred times worse since he admitted what he has. It does feel weird having the name of someone like that on you. I just want to get it removed as soon as possible. Neither me mum or my girlfriend were very chuffed when I originally got it done so they definitely want to get rid of it,” he said.
Adam Johnson, 28, played for Manchester City between 2010 and 2012 and won both the Premier League title and the FA Cup in a very successful stint at the Etihad Stadium, before he moved to hometown club Sunderland in a £10 million fee.
Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming last week during his trial at Bradford Crown Court. He has since been sacked by Sunderland, who paid £10 million to sign him from Man City in 2012.