EPL : Adam Johnson ‘to be removed from FIFA 16
Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson is set to be removed from FIFA 16 after he convicted of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
EA Sports had previously said that due to ‘technical difficulties’ the paedophile could not be deleted from the game which came out in September last year.
But following a backlash from fans, the Canadian video game creators seem to have made a U-turn.
A spokesman for EA Sports this afternoon told the BBC: ‘Adam Johnson has been removed from the Active Rosters of both Sunderland and England in FIFA 16.
‘We’re working to remove him from other modes within the game as soon as possible.’
Former Sunderland and Manchester City winger Johnson, 28, also admitted another count of sexual activity and one count of grooming. He was found not guilty on a charge relating to another sexual act.
Today he was preparing for life behind bars after the trial ended this week.
Johnson’s denial of the charge meant the young victim was put through two gruelling days of cross-examination last month, during which she regularly broke down in tears.
In a emotional statement released after the verdicts, Johnson’s young victim said the build-up to the trial has been ‘the hardest year of my life’.
She said: ‘I’ve had to face so much abuse after he claimed his innocence. I was made out to be a liar, if anything, I held things back because I didn’t want all of this to come out.
‘What happened in his car has turned my life upside down. I have lost all of my confidence. My school work has suffered.
‘There are people out there who have made assumptions about me and that alone has been hard to deal with. I have been unable to defend myself publicly.
‘The gossip on social media and hearing all of the horrible names that people have been calling me has been devastating to me, my friends and my family… I’ve been in some very dark places.’
After the jury gave their verdicts this afternoon, Judge Rose said his preliminary view was that the case falls into the category of a prison sentence between four and 10 years.
Judge Jonathan Rose left the disgraced footballer in little doubt about the punishment that awaits him when he returns to court in two weeks’ time to be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court.
The judge told him: ‘You must understand that when you return here at the end of March you will receive a substantial prison sentence.’
Adam Johnson shook his head in the dock yesterday and gasps went up from the public gallery as he was found guilty of one charge and cleared on another.
Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders, who backed him during the trial, showed no emotion as the verdicts were returned after the jury spent more than nine hours deliberating.
Johnson was bailed until he is sentenced in two to three weeks time. The judge ordered he be under a curfew from 7pm until 7am. Explaining his bail conditions, the judge said Johnson would be ‘well advised to stay well away from social media’.
The former England winger’s career now lies in tatters and his former club Sunderland face questions over why he continued playing for them for months after he had admitted grooming the girl in a police interview.