Sunderland have terminated the contract of winger Adam Johnson with immediate effect after admitting to sexual activity with an underage girl.
The former England international pleaded guilty to admitted one charge of grooming and another of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at Bradford Crown Court.
The case against the 28-year-old will continue on Friday where he will answer two further counts of sexual activity with a child, which he denied.
“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,” the club said in a statement.