Sunderland have told their fans that they will be able to swap their shirts for brand new ones at the club shop, but only if they have Adam Johnson's name on the back.
According to The Sun, Black Cats bosses have decided to try and get all 'Johnson 11' shirts off the streets by allowing fans to exchange them. It will be a boost for the few supporters who shelled out £68 to buy a 2015/16 shirt at the beginning of the campaign.
The shirts were £54.99 at the beginning of the season while a squad number cost an extra £12.99. They have since been reduced to £39.99 but it would have still been an unwelcome cost for fans who enjoy wearing their shirts around Wearside.
A worker at the club shop at the Stadium of Light told the report: “We’ll replace the shirt if you have ‘Johnson’ on the back and it is current strip.”
Johnson is now a disgraced figure both around the Stadium of Light and the country after being convicted of sexual activity with an underage girl. Having previously admitted two similar charges, the former England international is set to be sentenced to a significant term in prison later this month.
Sunderland sacked the 28-year-old in February but have been heavily criticised for allowing him to continue playing for the club for as long as he did. It is alleged that club officials were aware from an early stage that he was prepared to admit his guilt over kissing a young girl as well as another charge for grooming.
After his original arrest in March, Sunderland stood by Johnson and Sam Allardyce continued to use him in the first team. Chief executive Margaret Byrne has been forced to resign over her handling of the situation.
Byrne said: "Contrary to what has been suggested, I did not understand that Mr Johnson intended to change his plea at trial or at all. I was astounded when he did plead guilty. I accept that Mr Johnson should not have been permitted to play again, irrespective of what he was going to plead. It was a serious error of judgement and I accept full responsibility for this."
But Sunderland fans with 'Johnson 11' on the back of their shirt should feel sorry for this hopeful eBay user. 'n8sautographs' is attempting to sell this signed Adam Johnson shirt, worn by the player and signed by him too.
They want $875 (£615) for it but you are able to make a 'Best Offer' bid.
Judging by their description, which reads 'Adam Johnson match worn soccer jersey signed. Cardiff City shirt was worn for the game against Man City at Stadium of Light on 10 November 2013', they are not too clued up on his current plight.
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