Adam Johnson has been found guilty of sexual activity of a child this week, so why is he still available to use as a player on FIFA 16?
Players of the popular video game franchise have taken to social media to ask this very question.
And it turns out that EA Sports attempted to remove the disgraced former Sunderland winger in an update last month - but, due to a technical problems, he remains part of the game.
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A spokesman for EA Games was quoted as telling The Sun: "We released a team update last month to remove Adam Johnson however due to technical issues it is not possible to delete him from everyone's version."
Indeed, players can still purchase Johnson in the game - for real money - and this has angered the CEO of National Association for People Abused in Childhood.
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Gabrielle Shaw commented: “Johnson should be removed from FIFA 16.
“This game is played by millions of children a day, so EA games has a responsibility to act.
“Johnson was chosen for his appeal to children and his hero status and he has wrecked both himself.”
Johnson facing up to 10 years in prison
Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison after being found guilty on one count of sexual activity with a child and is currently on bail after the judge allowed him to say goodbye to his young daughter.
Questions are now being asked of Sunderland after the north-east football club allegedly allowed the 28-year-old to continue playing despite knowing that he groomed and kissed the 15-year-old fan.
Johnson played on for another nine months and earned around £2 million, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Manchester City and Middlesbrough winger made his final appearance for the Black Cats on February 6 and scored after coming on against Liverpool at Anfield as a second-half substitute.
Sam Allardyce feels let down by Johnson
Earlier this week, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce revealed he had been told Johnson would plead not guilty on court and subsequently felt “let down” by the footballer.
"It's been very difficult to judge what is actually going on because you want to know all the facts and you want to keep your cool until the judgement has been made," Allardyce was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"Now that the judgement has been made, we all feel extremely let down by what has happened and by what Adam has done. I certainly feel a lot of sympathy for the victim and the family.
"Hopefully that has given them some peace and they can get on with their lives. The decision on his punishment will be given by the judge, and he has to accept that and we all have to move on."
Update: EA Sports' official response
“Adam Johnson has been removed from the Active Rosters of both Sunderland and England in FIFA 16. We’re working to remove him from other modes within the game as soon as possible.”
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