Johnson axed by Sunderland

Sunderland have released Adam Johnson from his contract in the wake of his admittance to sexual activity and grooming with a minor earlier this week.

The 28-year-old winger pleaded guilty to the two charges on Wednesday, but denied two similar counts for which he is standing trial on Friday.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce had confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday that Johnson would not be a part of the squad for the visit of Manchester United this weekend, and the Wearsiders subsequently announced a parting of ways.

“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,” read a statement from the Wearsiders.

The news follows the revelation just hours before that Adidas had cancelled their boot sponsorship with the former England international.

“We’ve terminated Adam Johnson’s contract with immediate effect following his guilty plea on Wednesday. We’ve issued letters and verbally confirmed that with his management,” a spokesman for Adidas said.

Johnson made 141 appearances during his three-and-a-half-year stay at the Stadium of Light, scoring 22 goals, the last of which came in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool last weekend.