ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL ADAM JOHNSON HAS BEEN SACKED BY PREMIER LEAGUE SUNDERLAND AFTER HE PLEADED GUILTY TO SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH A CHILD, THE CLUB SAID ON THURSDAY.
“In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect,” Sunderland said in a statement. “The club will make no further comment.”
Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old winger, who has played 12 times for England, also admitted one count of grooming a girl under the age of 16, a court official said.
When asked about the winger’s future at a news conference earlier on Thursday, manager Sam Allardyce said: “He’ll not be available for this weekend. We will see how it goes after that.”
Johnson’s case is expected to last two weeks.
Earlier on Thursday, Johnson was dropped by Adidas.
Johnson began his professional football career at Middlesbrough, moved to Manchester City in 2012, and then moved to Sunderland – his home town club – in a £10 million transfer in the summer of 2012.
The 28-year-old was initially suspended by Sunderland following his arrest last March, but was reinstated to the side a couple of weeks later.
With additional reporting from Reuters and Eurosport