PICS: Manchester City release statement after Adam Johnson season-card gaffe
A Manchester City fan managed to dupe the club into printing a picture of former player and convicted child sex offender Adam Johnson on a season card.
Max Hornby probably had no idea his prank on the club he supports would go so viral.
The City fan garnered almost 3,000 retweets after posting a picture of his season card, complete with Adam Johnson mugshot, online.
Hornby wrote an accompanying note to the picture on Twitter, saying: "I can't believe city actually approved my season card request, stuck with this for a year now."
The topic then started trending on the social media site:
Before the club requested that their supporter remove the image from his Twitter profile:
As requested by Manchester City I apologise for my tweet and any offence it may of caused, it was not my intentions— Max Hornby (@MaxHornby) July 27, 2016
The Premier League club told the Sun: "Manchester City are extremely disappointed that any supporter would find this entirely inappropriate image to be suitable.
"We are contacting the cardholder directly and have suspended the season card indefinitely whilst considering an appropriate response."
The now-jailed Johnson made 73 appearances for the Citizens during his two years at the club, before being sold to Sunderland.
The former England star was jailed for six years this March for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan.
The 28-year-old's trial at Bradford Crown Court heard that he had kissed and sexually touched the girl in his Range Rover, in a secluded spot in County Durham.