Sunderland to drop Adam Johnson for Man Utd game after he admits child sex offences
Sunderland will announce that Adam Johnson has been dropped for this weekend’s game against Manchester United after he pleased guilty to child sex offences, according to The Guardian.
The England international pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming at Bradford Crown Court yesterday. He denies two further charges of sexual activity with a child.
His club have stood by him since his arrest. Although he was initially suspended by the Black Cats, the suspension was lifted after his bail was extended and he has continued to play for the team.
But that is set to change with the trial now underway. The Guardian’s report says manager Sam Allardyce will confirm that Johnson, aged 28, will be omitted from the squad to face United when he holds his press conference later day.
It is not clear from the article whether it is Johnson’s involvement in the ongoing trial or his guilty pleas that have led to that decision. Allardyce will perhaps explain that in his press conference.
Johnson scored against Liverpool in a 2-2 draw last weekend.