England international, Adam Johnson, has been sacked by his club, Sunderland, “with immediate effect” after he pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
Sunderland announced on Thursday night that the player’s contract had been terminated, a day after he had admitted one count of grooming and another of sexual activity with a child at Bradford Crown Court.
A statement from the club said: “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 footballer, who has earned 12 caps for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child.
Campaigners have demanded that Johnson should never play for Sunderland again after he admitted two child sex offences.
Johnson could be jailed after accepting one charge of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming.
Based on sentencing guidelines, the maximum prison term Johnson could face for grooming is two years and six months.
The maximum sentence for the offences he denies is 14 years.
Sam Allardyce, the Sunderland manager, said last week that Johnson would continue to play throughout the trial but yesterday the club said he would not be considered for selection pending the outcome and that he would not be playing against Manchester United on Saturday.
Adidas, which sponsors Johnson, is reviewing its relationship with him.
Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Boro before moving to Manchester City and then to Sunderland for £10m in 2012.