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Manchester United supporters filmed singing vile Adam Johnson song

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Manchester United supporters have been filmed singing a vile song about former Manchester City midfielder Adam Johnson ahead of the recent 4-2 derby win against Manuel Pellegrini's side at Old Trafford.

The footage - uploaded by Full Time Devils presenter Adam Mckola - emerged on YouTube on the same day the 27-year-old was charged with three counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Johnson, a former England international who now plays for Sunderland, was initially arrested on March 2 following allegations he'd been having a relationship with a minor.

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According to the BBC, the Black Cats ace was also charged with one offence of grooming when he answered bail at a police station in Durham, and is now set to appear before Peterlee Magistrates' Court on May 20 - four days before the final game of the Premier League season.

The Wearside club initially suspended the winger pending the outcome of the police investigation, but this was lifted on March 18 following the temporary appointment of Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light.

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Since the self-imposed ban was upheld Johnson has featured in games against West Ham United, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, but it's unclear whether or not he'll be involved in this weekend's trip to Stoke City after being charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Gerry Wareham of the Crown Prosecution Service said the offences are alleged to have been committed on a single victim between December 30, 2014 to February 26 this year.

The Middlesbrough academy graduate would've been subjected to criticism from Manchester United supporters anyway given his ties to their arch rivals, but this latest derogatory chant focuses specifically on the allegations for which he's due to stand trial.

You can watch footage of Red Devils fans singing about Johnson in the video below - and have your say in the comment box provided if you think he should be allowed to continue playing in the Premier League this season...

It's worth pointing out that Johnson remains innocent until proven guilty, but given the fact he's in such a high-profile position, perhaps it would be in the best interests of everyone - including himself - to take the player out of the limelight, at least until the end of the trial.

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