THE family of Sunderland star Adam Johnson’s girlfriend have said they are standing by him after his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with an underage girl.
The Easington-born Sunderland winger has been suspended by his club after being arrested over allegations involving a girl who is said to be 15 years old.
Having been released on bail, he has been suspended by the club pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Johnson’s partner, Stacey Flounders, from Hartlepool, is reported to have given birth to their daughter seven weeks ago.
Speaking from her family home, her mother told reporters: “They are still very close and are absolutely still together.”
She added: “He is 100 per cent innocent and we will stand by him. He hasn’t been found guilty of anything. He is a great lad and has not done anything wrong. This is a horrible situation.”
He is a great lad and has not done anything wrong. This is a horrible situation.
Durham Constabulary confirmed on Monday night that 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 Hull last night ahead of today’s crunch match against Steve Bruce’s side.