Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne resigns in wake of Adam Johnson child abuse case

Margaret Byrne, the Sunderland chief executive, has resigned in the wake of the Adam Johnson child abuse case.
The club have been under pressure to sack Byrne after it was revealed in court last week that she was aware of transcripts of police interviews in which the forward confessed to kissing a 15-year-old girl.
The police also revealed that Byrne possessed 800 text messages that were exchanged between Johnson and the girl.
Byrne said: “I recognise that, as CEO, my involvement with Mr Johnson and the decision to allow him to continue to represent Sunderland was a serious mistake.”
Sunderland said in a statement on their website: “Margaret, in her role as CEO, was responsible for the running of the club. She was also accountable for the actions taken by the club in relation to Mr. Johnson. Sunderland AFC acknowledges that Margaret’s intentions have always been to act in the best interests of the club, however it has become clear through our own internal investigations that in this instance decisions have been taken by Margaret in error.
“Whilst swift and decisive action was taken to terminate Mr Johnson’s employment upon his guilty plea, decisions taken prior to this, including the decision not to suspend him for a second time pending the outcome of the trial, were wrong. In light of what has been acknowledged by Margaret as a serious error of judgment on her part, we have undertaken a full review of the club’s decision-making processes to ensure that there can be no such mistakes in the future.”Britain March 2, 2016. Johnson pleaded guilty to
The club also recognised the distressed caused to the young fan involved in the case. They added: “Throughout this deeply regretful situation, we recognise that one devoted young fan and her family have been very badly let down, first and foremost by Mr Johnson and his despicable actions, but also by the club they support. We are so very sorry for this.
“Mr Johnson lied to the club; he also lied to our fans and they have every right to feel aggrieved by this. Lessons have been learned and we hope that the club and its fans can move forward from this together.”

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