SAFC has questions to answer over Adam Johnson says Sunderland MP

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott

A Wearside MP says Sunderland AFC has questions to answer following the Adam Johnson trial.

The sacked SAFC winger was yesterday warned he faces five years in jail after being convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The 28-year-old - who had already admitted grooming and a count of sexual activity with the girl - was cleared on another count of sexual activity.

After the trial, SAFC released a statement insisting it had no knowledge Johnson was going to plead guilty to two offences before the trial began.

Julie Elliott, Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central, said: "Clearly, having listened to the victim’s statement, our focus should be on supporting her to rebuild her life after an horrific year.

"What is also clear however is that there are questions to be answered. I am concerned about what safeguards were put in place, in light of what has come out of the trial.

"These questions should be put to the club."