Sunderland have, in the last hour sacked midfielder Adam Johnson after the 28-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming.
It’s been a day to forget for the midfielder as sportswear giants Adidas cancelled their contract with him before Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce announced he would be left out of the squad for Saturday’s match with Manchester United.
Allardyce’s words left many people wondering what would come next and the Black Cats released a statement on their club website shortly after, stating that Johnson had been sacked with immediate effect.
It came as no surprise and football fans took to Twitter to have their say on the matter with the majority happy with Sunderland’s decision.
Most people were glad to see the back of the former Manchester City star.
Excellent response from Sunderland over Adam Johnson. No messing, no fudging over player value. On your bike and good riddance.
— Duncan Wright (@dwright75) February 11, 2016
Adam Johnson sacked ? deserves it for what he's done tbh
— james (@frudd28) February 11, 2016
Adam Johnson deserves a prison sentence and he's ruined his career now. No one will touch him. Good riddance.
— Bernard (@BernardVasey) February 11, 2016
Sunderland doing the right thing in sacking Adam Johnson. That suprises me. #AdamJohnson
— Jamie Fernandes (@JayFerGaming) February 11, 2016
Just read that Adam Johnson pleaded quilty. I have no words for his act.
— Matjaz (@Gospod_profesor) February 11, 2016
Adam Johnson is a piece of shit
— Adigun (@Taiwodaniel_) February 11, 2016
If there is a bigger idiot than Adam Johnson in football than let me know.
— Brady Özil 1211 (@bajankris) February 11, 2016
It's a club I don't like but credit to SAFC for sacking Adam Johnson they actually saw sense & had to do it now. Adam's career is finished !
— john_NUFC42 (@john_nufc42) February 11, 2016
Should be no way back for Adam Johnson. Sunderland months too late with the sacking.
— Stephen Smith (@stesmith8484) February 11, 2016
Others felt sorry for him.
What he did was disgusting though but would blame him if the kid did lie about her age. I feel really sorry for Adam Johnson
— Kobby (@iKobby_) February 11, 2016
I'm not even joking when I say I feel sorry for Adam Johnson. Forget against modern football, I'm against modern teenage girls
— #JeSuisAdamJohnson (@Cazorllerin) February 11, 2016
terrible to hear about @SunderlandAFC sacking Adam Johnson.A split seconds of madness just derailed his career.
— King George Armani (@kinjorge) February 11, 2016
The end of Adam Johnson's football career. Sad one.
— Jude Law (@Jude_Waterz) February 11, 2016
It's sad what's happened to Adam Johnson, I've got a lot of sympathy with him from what I know on the situation
— S A U C E (@CasualD_) February 11, 2016
Adam Johnson should not be going to prison, he met this girl in a nightclub..she shouldn't be in there if she's under 18
— Woody (@WoodyWoodruff88) February 11, 2016
Then there were those who couldn’t wait to get a joke in there.
Adam Johnson has had his contract terminated by Sunderland. The club considered asking Johnson to train with the youth team but did a u-turn
— Pie Sports Booze (@piesportsbooze) February 11, 2016
Adam Johnson's having a party, bring your play dough and your Barbie
— Fourth Official (@FourthOfficial_) February 11, 2016
Adidas terminate Adam Johnson contact. Could of been a marketing masterclass having him running about in Predator boots.
— Uber Football Facts (@UberFootbalI) February 11, 2016
So Adam Johnson and Ched Evans up front for Oldham next season then. #ITK
— Matt Cotton (@FindingCotton) February 11, 2016