Disgraced former England footballer Adam Johnson has not been involved in a fight in a South Yorkshire prison, his sister has claimed.
The Daily Star Sunday reported the 28-year-old had been attacked by another inmate at Moorland prison, near Doncaster, in an argument about cleaning the shower.
But on the Adam Johnson’s Appeal Fight page on Facebook, run by his sister Faye, a post said: “These newspapers are laughable.
“Why is there rarely any truth in their stories? Were the false stories about harm not so sickening we would find it funny.
“I’ve just spoke to Adam he is fine and I also want to add that never has he asked for special treatment and never will he. He has the right to appeal and he has! In the meantime, he’s an ordinary prisoner like the rest.
“You will all hear the truth when Adam comes home.”
The appeal page has been “liked” by more than 8,000 people.
Reports in the national press claimed the ex-Sunderland star, serving a six year sentence at Moorland Prison for child sex offences, was attacked after refusing to clean plug holes in the showers.
The newspaper claimed that another inmate asked Johnson, 28, to clean hair out of the plug holes, but he allegedly refused and said he had already completed his task, before asking “do you know who I am?”
A witness told the paper that a fight broke out, but other inmates stopped it before guards realised what was happening.
The alleged incident comes just days after The Sun reported that Johnson had got an £8 job as a cleaner and would be floor sweeping and bin-changing.
Johnson was reportedly moved to Moorland from Armley Prison in West Yorkshire last month.
A spokesman for the Prisons Service said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners.”
The sacked Sunderland winger was jailed in March after he was convicted of sexual activity with a 15-year-old following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
He had already admitted grooming the girl and a separate, less serious charge of sexual activity with her.
The pair exchanged a total of 834 WhatsApp messages and twice met in Johnson’s Land Rover in County Durham. Johnson lodged appeals against his conviction and sentence.