The sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has set up a Facebook page to support a legal appeal.
Faye Johnson posted a photo of her brother and his baby daughter under the heading "Justice for Johnson".
Underneath it says: "Change your profile pic to support Adam Johnson's appeal.
"Facebook removed our group but we will not stop publicising our support.
A page titled the Adam Johnson Appeal Fight was removed from Facebook on Monday after people reported it.
Before it was taken down more than 1,000 people had "liked" it.
Some of those commenting made unpleasant remarks about Johnson's 15-year-old victim, which led others to complain to Facebook.
Among those angry about the page that was removed were the anonymous paedophile hunters Dark Justice.
One of the Tyneside-based pair said: "We think it's crazy such a page even got made and some of the stuff said on there was sick.
"There was no need at all. We're glad it's gone."
Ex-Sunderland and England player Johnson was told that prison was "almost inevitable" after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child. He was cleared of a similar offence.
Before his trial at Bradford Crown Court he admitted grooming and kissing the teenage fan.