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Sunderland manager: Johnson can play 'if he feels OK'

Adam Johnson was charged at Peterlee police station in County Durham Credit: PA

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat says it is up to Adam Johnson if he is in the squad against Stoke on Saturday, after the winger was charged with sex offences.

Advocaat said: "He still has to come in, but in principle if he feels okay, then he will be a member of the squad."

Yesterday Adam Johnson was charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

Boro fan releases Billy Joel parody to support the team

With just two games left to qualify for automatic promotion to the Premier League Middlesbrough fans are willing their team across the finishing line.

Now Boro supporter Neil Grainger has re-versioned Billy Joel's - We Didn't Start the Fire asking the team to "give us all you have got" during their away match at Fulham tomorrow, April 25.

In the video the actor and comedian says, "let it duly be noted that we're getting promoted", makes a plea to Patrick Bamford to stay for good and tries to rhyme goalie Dimitrios Konstantopoulos's name in "#Believe in Boro":

  • The video was filmed and edited by Martin Richardson at Project 84 Films.

Middlesbrough are currently third in the Championship, behind second place Bournemouth on goal difference and league leaders Watford, who are ahead by one point.

Adam Johnson can continue to play for Sunderland

Adam Johnson

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson appears set to remain available to play for the club after being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.

A spokesperson for Sunderland AFC said: "Following yesterday's statement from Durham Constabulary, the club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review.

"The club will not be making any further comment."

Mr Johnson, of Castle Eden in County Durham, was arrested on Monday March 2 and Sunderland AFC initially suspended him pending the outcome of the investigation, but this was lifted on March 18.

The 27-year-old was born in Sunderland and began his career at Middlesbrough FC before moving to Manchester City and then Sunderland for £10m in 2012.

He has played for the club three times since his initial arrest in March.

Mr Johnson will appear at Peterlee Magistrates' Court on the morning of May 20.


Tour de Yorkshire: One week to go

Last year's tour brought in millions to the local economy Credit: PA

It is exactly one week until the Tour de Yorkshire rides into the region.

Organisers hope the event will build on the success of the Tour de France Grand Depart in York last year, which attracted more than 200,000 visitors and brought in £8.3 million to the local economy.

More protests against Ashley expected

A Newcastle United fans group has announced new plans to protest against the owner of the club, Mike Ashley.

This time they say they will target his business, as well as making a stand at the home match against Swansea on Saturday.

And head coach John Carver has admitted for the first time that the criticism from fans is getting to him. Lucy Taylor reports.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson charged with child sex offences

England footballer and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson, arrives to answer bail at Peterlee police station Credit: PA

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old, plus one offence of grooming.

The 27-year-old was initially arrested on Monday, 2nd March, and was charged after he answered his police bail today at Peterlee police station.

He will appear the magistrates court in Peterlee on the morning of Wednesday, May 20.

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