Sunderland sack Adam Johnson

England midfielder has contract terminated at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have terminated the contract of winger Adam Johnson, the club have confirmed.

Johnson is currently on trial at Bradford Crown Court facing two accounts of sexual activity with a child under 16-years-old.

It is only one day after he plead guilty to grooming and one account of sexual activity on, a decision which HITC Sport understands Sunderland were not expecting, having stood by him following his initial arrest last March.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce had confirmed earlier on Thursday that Johnson would not be included in his squad to face Manchester United on Saturday. However, following talks the club have now acted to terminate his contract and sack him with immediate effect.

A club statement 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."

SkySports reported that Adam Johnson was also axed by his personal boot sponsor Adidas earlier in the day, who issued a statement that read: "Adidas can confirm that it has terminated its contract with footballer Adam Johnson with immediate effect. This follows his guilty pleas entered earlier this week."

Johnson began his career at Sunderland's rivals Middlesbrough, and joined the Black Cats from Manchester City.

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