English Premier League club Sunderland has sacked Adam Johnson after the winger pleaded guilty for having sex with a child below 16 years of age and one grooming charge.
The 28-year-old winger was dropped from the team for the tie against Manchester United and hours later, his contract was dismissed.
“In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect,” reads a statement issued by Sunderland on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail. “The club will make no further comment.”
Johnson now faces a trial on Friday on two further counts of sexual activities with a child. The footballer has denied the additional allegations so far, reports the BBC.
Sportswear firm Adidas, Johnson’s sponsor, has cancelled its deal with the winger once news broke out. Sunderland suspended Johnson after his arrest on March 2015. But later, the ban was lifted after a discussion with the Professional Footballer’s Association.
Johnson scored on his last game for the Black Cats during their 2-2 stalemate against the Liverpool at Anfield. The England international moved to Sunderland from Manchester City for £10 million in 2012. He was born in Sunderland but kicked off his Premiership career for Middlesbrough.
“He’ll not be available for this weekend. We will see how it goes after that,” said Sunderland coach Sam Allardyce regarding Johnson’s future.