Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson cannot be deleted from hit video game FIFA 16 due to ‘technical issues’.
The former Sunderland winger was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a schoolgirl at Bradford Crown Court this week, but can still be selected by millions of children playing the game.
FIFA 16 sold more than two-and-a-half million copies in the UK last year, making it the best-selling title in the country.
EA Games, the maker of the successful series, insist steps have been taken to try and take him off the game.
A spokesman told The Sun: “We released a team update last month to remove Adam Johnson however due to technical issues it is not possible to delete him from everyone’s version.”
EA Sports have released an official response on the matter, saying that Johnson will no longer appear in active rosters for both Sunderland and England, and that work is still going on to try and delete him from other modes.
“Adam Johnson has been removed from the Active Rosters of both Sunderland and England in FIFA 16,” they said. “We’re working to remove him from other modes within the game as soon as possible.”
The disgraced England star has lost around £10m in earnings after being sacked by Sunderland as he faces a ‘substantial custodial sentence’.