A member of staff at Sunderland AFC has been arrested on suspicion of meeting a boy "following sexual grooming".

The 60-year-old man has been released under investigation by police, and has been suspended by the football club.

A spokesman for the League One side said:

We were made aware of allegations pertaining to a member of staff. We reported the matter to Northumbria Police immediately and the individual in question was suspended.

SAFC Spokesperson
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A Northumbria Police spokesman added:

Police have arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of meeting a male under the age of 16 following sexual grooming. He has since been released under investigation."

Northumbria Police