Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has this morning pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but has denied two other similar charges.
The 28 year appeared at Bradford Crown Court, admitting one count of sexual activity with a child as well as one count of grooming.
There was much debate as to whether Johnson should have been allowed to continue playing by his club, but on the presumption of innocent until proven guilty it is a very tricky thing to prevent somebody continuing to do any ‘job’ until any guilt is established for any crime.
That is unless it is taken out of your hands as it was with Joey Barton when he was at Newcastle, with the midfielder being remanded in custody because he was already on bail for two prior offences.
Adam Johnson has had these charges hanging over him for some time and amongst the matches where Sunderland continued to play him were in the win over Newcastle last April that helped keep the Wearside club in the Premier League – Johnson a late sub that day.
Then he started the game this season at the Stadium of Light scoring the first of their three goals.
We wait to see what punishment he will receive from the courts but it will be interesting to see how Sunderland handle the aftermath of these guilty pleas.
Different kinds of offences of course but Joey Barton came back and played for Newcastle after his release from prison, whilst of course the Ched Evans situation continues – the former Sheffield United player not having played professional football since his release from prison in October 2014.