Former Sunderland soccer player Adam Johnson (right) arrives for sentencing at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday. Photograph:  Craig Brough/Reuters

Former England footballer Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan. Johnson (28), s(...)

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Adam Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

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Sunderland AFC’s chief executive Margaret Byrne has resigned. Photograph:PA

The Sunderland football club chief executive, Margaret Byrne, has resigned over her handling of the Adam Johnson child sex abuse case, admitting she m(...)

Undated handout photo of the Facebook page to support a legal appeal set up by Faye Johnson, the sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson. Faye Johnson posted a photo of her brother and his baby daughter under the heading “Justice for Johnson”.

The sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has urged people to back his legal appeal by using a photo of him and his baby daughter as their Faceb(...)

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne pictured on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Sunderland football club’s chief executive is believed to have left the country following mounting pressure over her conduct during the child abuse tr(...)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce played Adam Johnson 28 times after his initial arrest for having sexual activity with a child. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Sam Allardyce was once sacked from a prison cell. It was back in 1996 when Allardyce was in charge of Blackpool at the beginning of his managerial ca(...)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has insisted he only played Adam Johnson while he awaited trail on child sex offences because the player continued to pr(...)

Former Sunderland soccer player Adam Johnson arriving at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Former England footballer Adam Johnson has been told there is a “very high probability” he will be jailed for a “significant” length of time after bei(...)

The jury has gone out in the Adam Johnson trial. Photograph: PA

Jurors in the trial of the footballer Adam Johnson have begun considering verdicts on two counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Th(...)

Adam Johnson arrives with his father Dave Johnson at Bradford Crown Court to give evidence in his continuing trial. The former Sunderland FC midfielder, 28, from Castle Eden, County Durham, has admitted one charge of sexual activity with a child and one charge of child grooming, but denies two further counts of sexual activity with a child. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The footballer Adam Johnson told a court he gave his mobile number to a 15-year-old schoolgirl because he was sexually attracted to her. The 28-year-(...)