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Sunderland sack Adam Johnson

Sunderland have sacked Adam Johnson after the winger pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child under 16 years.

The 28-year-old winger shocked club officials on Wednesday when he admitted one count of grooming and one of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

Sunderland released a brief 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.’