Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson bailed over sex allegation involving under-age girl

Adam Johnson in action for Sunderland.
Adam Johnson in action for Sunderland.

SUNDERLAND footballer Adam Johnson has been bailed over allegations that he had sexual activity with girl under 16.

Reports emerged yesterday afternoon that the 27-year-old England international had been arrested at his County Durham home over allegations involving a 15-year-old.

This afternoon, Durham Police issued a statement which said: “A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.”

Johnson, who was questioned at Peterlee police station, had been due to travel with the Sunderland squad yesterday ahead of tonight’s Premier League fixture at Hull City.

But he was arrested at his County Durham home and spent the day in custody helping police with their inquiries.

Sources confirmed that the former Middlesbrough and Manchester City star had been arrested and was in custody helping Durham Police with their inquiries.

Durham Police later confirmed he has been released on police bail pending inquiries.

Sunderland AFC confirmed Johnson has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation.

A club statement said: “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.”

Easington-born Johnson began his career at Boro, where he emerged from the club’s academy to win a £7m switch to City in February 2010.

However, after a difficult final few months in the blue half of Manchester, Sunderland persuaded him to head back to the north-east as they clinched a £10m deal in August 2012.

Johnson, who has 12 senior England caps - the last of them in a friendly victory over Italy in August 2012 - has struggled to reproduce his best form on a sustained basis on Wearside.

He has endeared himself to Black Cats fans with goals in each of the club’s three derby victories at Newcastle in as many seasons, though, including a late winner at St James’s Park on December 21 last year.