Adam Johnson has been sacked by Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child under 16 years and one charge of grooming.
The 28-year-old footballer shocked club officials on Wednesday when he admitted one count of grooming and one of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. He will stand trial on Friday on two further counts of sexual activity with a child, which he denies.
Sunderland released a club 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.’
Sportswear company Adidas has cancelled its contract with the midfielder. After Johnson’s arrest in March 2015, the club suspended him, but then lifted the ban following talks with his representatives and the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Source: BBC Sports