Sunderland sack Adam Johnson after winger pleads guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson has been sacked by Sunderland AFC after pleading guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a schoolgirl.

The 28-year-old, of Castle Eden, east Durham, admitted the charges at a hearing at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.

Johnson denies two further counts of sexual acitvity with a child and is due to face a trial which begins tomorrow.

A statement released by the club tonight 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 came just hours after boot sponsor Adidas announced that they had terminated their contract with Johnson in a brief statement.

An Adidas spokesman said: “We’ve terminated Adam Johnson’s contract with immediate effect following his guilty plea on Wednesday.

“We’ve issued letters and verbally confirmed that with his management.”