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02/03/2015 13:18 GMT | Updated 02/03/2015 21:59 GMT

Adam Johnson Arrested On Suspicion Of Sex With Girl Under 16, Suspended By Sunderland AFC

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Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation

England footballer Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16. The Sunderland winger was questioned by police on Monday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old.

He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation. Durham Constabulary last night said a 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16 years had been released on bail "pending ongoing investigations".

A statement from Sunderland AFC said: "Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation. No further comment will be made at the present time."

Johnson, who was questioned at Peterlee police station in County Durham, had been due to travel with the Sunderland squad to Humberside yesterday ahead of tonight's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull.

The winger, born in Sunderland, has represented his country 12 times and also played for Middlesbrough and Manchester City. He cost the Wearside club £10m when they purchased him in 2012 and he has gone on to score 17 goals for them.