Sunderland player Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with an underage girl.

The 27 year old is accused of sexual activity with a 15-year-old.

Durham police said that a 27 year old man was arrested on Monday, with various media later confirming it to be the former Middlesbrough star.

The Durham police statement said:

“A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

“He remains in police custody and is helping officers with their inquiries.”

Johnson of course is innocent until proven otherwise but one small mercy for Newcastle fans is that recent times haven’t seen our club attached to similar headlines.

Sunderland have suspended the player until the Police investigation is completed.