Sunderland have confirmed that they have sacked winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.
The 28-year-old had already been dropped for the Black Cats' game against Manchester United this weekend.
A statement on the club's official website read: "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."
The former Middlesbrough and England player was on the scoresheet in Sunderland's 2-2 draw against Liverpool earlier this month.
German sportswear giant Adidas have also cancelled their sponsorship deal with Johnson, who will stand trial on Friday having also been accused of two further counts of sexual activity with a child. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.
The only other public statement from Sunderland on the issue came from manager Sam Allardyce, who commented before Johnson's contract termination was confirmed.
"He'll not be available for this weekend. We will see how it goes after that," the former West Ham boss said.
The trial is being held at Bradford Crown Court and is expected to last two weeks.
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