Sunderland lift Adam Johnson’s suspension after bail extended over underage sex claim

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

SUNDERLAND have lifted Adam Johnson’s suspension, with the winger now back in training with the Black Cats.

Johnson has been suspended by the club for the last fortnight after he was arrested by police on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

The 27-year-old’s bail was yesterday extended until Thursday, April 23, and now his suspension has been lifted by the Black Cats.

It is thought that Johnson trained at the Academy of Light today and is now back in first-team contention for Sunderland’s bid to remain in the Premier League.

A club statement said: “The club has discussed the current position in detail with both the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) and Adam’s representatives.

“In line with those discussions we recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues.

“He will therefore return to training.

“The club’s own investigation cannot continue until the conclusion of the legal process.

“Sunderland AFC will make no further comment on the matter due to the ongoing police investigation.”

A spokesman for Durham Police said: “Sunderland AFC informed us this morning of their decision, which of course is a matter entirely for the club. The police investigation remains very much live and ongoing and a man remains on bail while enquiries continue.

“We would once again urge those posting on social media to be aware of the effects their comments can have. We accept rumour and speculation may be inevitable, but many of the comments have been distressing to the complainant, her family and people connected with the investigation.”