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Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger can continue to play for club

Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger can continue to play for club

Fola Akintomide

Adam Johnson can continue to play for Sunderland after he was charged on Thursday with three offences of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The 27-year-old has played three times for the club since his 2 March arrest.
“The club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review,” read a Sunderland statement.

“The club will not be making any further comment.”

Sunderland, one point above the Premier League relegation zone, visit Stoke on Saturday (15:00 BST kick off).
Head coach Dick Advocaat said in Friday’s pre-match news conference that if Johnson “felt OK” he would be part of the squad.
The Dutchman added: “The club made a statement about it and I stand behind that. Let’s see what the future will bring.”

Midfielder Johnson, who has 12 England caps, was also charged with one offence of grooming and will appear before Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on 20 May.
He was suspended by the Premier League club after his arrest pending the outcome of the investigation, but this was lifted on 18 March.