Football fans have reacted with shock today after a former Bradford City player admitted being a child sex offender.

City supporters told the Telegraph & Argus that Tyrell Robinson had “thrown away” a promising football career and must now “face the consequences” for his “stupidity.”

This afternoon, a judge warned the 22-year-old that he could face jail after he pleaded guilty to a sex offence against a 14-year-old girl.

Robinson admitted engaging in sexual activity with a child, making an indecent image of a child and distributing an indecent image of a child, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court today.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Robinson, from South Ockendon, Essex, admitted engaging in sexual activity with the teenager in Bradford in August 2018.

He also entered a guilty plea to making and distributing an indecent image of a child via Snapchat on the same date.

He denied a further charge of distributing an indecent photograph of a child in December 2017, and the court heard the prosecution will not proceed with this count.

The winger, who was sacked by Bradford City for gross misconduct after he was charged by police in February, arrived at court wearing a black face mask, white trainers, a dark red coat and cropped, grey, checked trousers.

He was granted bail until his sentencing and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register before he left court.

Afterwards, Mike Harrison, editor of the City Cent fanzine, said: “He only has himself to blame and he has to face the consequences.

“He had a promising football career in front of him. I remember he scored an absolutely fantastic goal against Wigan. You could see he had something about him as a player.

“Whatever promising career he had in front of him he has thrown away. He is a young man that has made an absolutely stupid mistake. He is going to pay for it. He was highly thought of as a footballer.

“He has thrown it away for whatever sexual gratification he did. If he gets jailed he has then thrown away the best years of his career.”

Steve Gorringe, of Shipley Bantams, said: “I met him quite a few times and spoke to him when he was at City. He always came across as a very, very decent young man.

“He has done what he has done and will now have to face the consequences. He was one for the future when he was a player at City. He showed a lot of class as a player and was very fast.

“I am just shocked that he must have done something like this.

During today's hearing, Judge Jonathan Rose said: “All options will be open to the judge who deals with your case, and that will very much include the possibility of a prison sentence.”

A second defendant, Korrie Berman, 21, from Essex, pleaded not guilty to five charges of engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a child.

He will go on trial on April 12 next year.