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11/02/2016 14:55 GMT | Updated 11/02/2016 14:59 GMT

Adam Johnson Sacked By Sunderland Following Child Sex Admission

Adam Johnson has had his contract terminated by Sunderland after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.

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The 28-year-old had already been dropped for Saturday's Premier League match against Manchester United, but the club has now permanently terminated his contract.

The first team winger admitted the charges at Bradford Crown Court, but continues to deny two charges of sexual activity with the 15-year-old girl.

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Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court supported by his girlfriend Stacey Flounders

The charges Johnson admitted relate to a period between December 30, 2014 and February 26, 2015. The sexual activity charge related to an incident on January 30, 2015, which involved him kissing and touching the youngster's body.

Judge Jonathan Rose told jurors they may read about the case in the press, but should try Johnson only on the evidence they hear in court. The case will be formally opened on Friday.

Judge Rose told jurors they must come to a decision on the remaining two charges, saying: "It will be for you and only you to determine if he is guilty or not guilty."

Kate Blackwell, QC for the prosecution, said that the alleged incidents had taken place in County Durham, in or about the area of Castle Eden and Wingate.

Johnson was arrested in March last year and was released on bail.

Born in Sunderland, Johnson began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and then to Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

He has earned 12 caps for England.

Johnson’s long-term girlfriend Stacey Flounders gave birth to their first child in January this year.