Sunderland have confirmed that Adam Johnson has been sacked by the club.

An official statement (read below) was released by the Wearside club on Thursday night.

In the briefest of statements, Sunderland have simply confirmed that they have ‘terminated his contract with immediate effect’.

They say that they will make no further comment and that the club’s decision was triggered by Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas to charges of grooming and sexual activity with a child.

The trial in Bradford is continuing with regard to two other charges.

Official Sunderland Statement

‘Club statement from Sunderland AFC.

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.’