Sunderland sack Adam Johnson after pleading guilty to child sex charges
Sunderland have terminated Adam Johnson’s contract after the winger pleaded guilty to two counts of child sex activity.
Johnson had pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and grooming at a court hearing in Bradford on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old midfielder is standing trial for charges relating to incidents between December 2014 and February last year. He however denied two further charges of sexual activity with the 15-year-old girl.
The case resumes on Friday with a jury of six men and six women who have been charged by the presiding Judge Jonathan Rose to stick to the evidence and steer clear of sensationalism.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce had confirmed that the winger would miss the Black Cats’ Premier League match against Manchester United on Saturday, but the club has since moved to relieve him of his contract.
A statement from the club read: “In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.”
Kit manufacturers Adidas also ended their sponsorship deal with the player.
“Adidas can confirm that it has terminated its contract with footballer Adam Johnson with immediate effect.
“This follows his guilty pleas entered earlier this week.”
The former Manchester City and Middlesbrough midfielder had been capped 12 times by England.