Fulham brass put together an unusual scheme to warn players about flirting with teenage fans.
Earlier in the season, Fulham hired an internet expert to pose as a 16-year-old female fan and send flirtatious messages to the players on Facebook, reports the Evening Standard. The age of consent in England is 16.
The news of Fulham’s plan comes in the wake of former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson’s conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old.
Former Fulham manager Kit Symons says some players were caught by the test, designed to teach them a lesson.
“Some of the young players fell for it as real. It was a short, sharp shock,” he said. “You can tell lads about getting caught out and they’ll think ‘oh they won’t catch me’ and then that happens, they are caught.”
Johnson, 28 and a former English national player, was convicted on three criminal charges this week.