Premier League Club Sunderland have sacked 28-year old winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child under 16 years this week.
Johnson shocked club officials on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to one count of grooming and one of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Sunderland. His trial at Bradford Crown Court on two further counts of sexual activity begins on Friday morning.
Sunderland released a statement on Thursday evening, which read: ‘In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect. The club will make no further comment.’ The news of Johnson’s guilty plea came just hours after club kit sponsor adidas announced that they would be terminating their contract with Johnson.
More to follow as this story develops.