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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(...)

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(...)

Footballer Adam Johnson leaves Bradford Crown Court on day seven of the trial where he is facing child sexual assault charges. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Adam Johnson said Sunderland Football Club was aware he had admitted kissing a 15-year-old girl. The jury at Bradford Crown Court heard that police m(...)

Former Sunderland soccer player Adam Johnson leaves Bradford Crown Court. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

A schoolgirl told police she felt “compelled” to perform a sex act on the footballer Adam Johnson during an encounter in his car, jurors at the former(...)

England footballer Adam Johnson, 28, arrives at Bradford Crown Court, Bradford, where he is on trial accused of child sex charges. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming. Johnson, 28, continues to d(...)

Jermain Defoe scored in the 89th minute to give Sunderland a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Photograph: PA

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2 Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe scored an 89th-minute equaliser as Liverpool — without their ill manager Jurgen Klopp — squ(...)

Dele Alli scored a stunner to give Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace. Photograph: Afp

Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Dele Alli scored one of the goals of the season to inspire Tottenham to a 3-1 Premier League victory at Crystal (...)

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against Sunderland in the Premier League. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Tottenham 4 Sunderland 1 A Christian Eriksen brace saw Tottenham come from behind to beat struggling Sunderland and reaffirm their own top-four Pre(...)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has made Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff his first signing of the winter transfer window. The 25-year-old centre-b(...)

Bayern Munich’s Jan Kirchhoff has arrived in Sunderland to discuss a contract as the Premier League club hope to complete the signing. Photo: Getty Images

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is closing in on his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. The(...)

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