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Sunderland 'knew Adam Johnson's child sex admission'

Adam Johnson tells a court that Sunderland AFC knew "from the start" that he had kissed a 15-year-old girl, but they continued playing him.

Adam Johnson has told Bradford Crown Court that his former football club Sunderland knew "from the start" that he had kissed a 15-year-old girl.

The 28-year-old denies two counts of sexual activity with a child under the age of 16, but previously admitted to one count of the same charge and a further count of grooming.

The footballer, who has earned 12 England caps, is alleged to have taken part in a sex act with the teenager in his parked car last January during a second meeting between the pair.

While being cross-examined by Kate Blackwell QC, Johnson claimed that he had informed the club that he had passionately kissed the accuser, but the players and staff at the Premier League club wanted him to continue playing.

The former Manchester City winger was suspended by the Black Cats shortly after his arrest in March, but was welcomed back into the fold two weeks later.

In court, Johnson told the jury that even though the events were playing on his mind, he had no problem returning to the pitch.

"I wanted to carry on doing my job," Johnson said in court. "They knew from the start everything I told them, so I didn't see it as a problem to go back and do what I was paid to do."

Sunderland terminated the player's contract on February 11, one day after he publicly admitted to child sex offences.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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