SUNDERLAND WINGER ADAM Johnson has had his contract terminated by the Premier League club this evening.
The 28-year-old England international winger pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.
Johnson denies two charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.
Following his arrest and subsequent bail last March, Sunderland suspended Johnson before clearing him to return to first-team duties when his bail was extended by Durham Police.
Tonight, the club has released a short statement to say they are cutting their ties with the player.
In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect,” it reads. ”The club will make no further comment.”
The former Middlesbrough and Manchester City player has made 19 Premier League appearances for Sunderland this season, scoring his second goal of the campaign in last weekend’s 2-2 comeback draw at Liverpool.
It was confirmed earlier today that manager Sam Allardyce would not pick Johnson to face United following Wednesday’s developments while his boot deal with Adidas also terminated.
Now it appears he has played his last game for the Black Cats, and quite possibly, in professional football.
- Additional reporting by Ben Blake
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