A staff member at Sunderland AFC has been arrested on suspicion of meeting a boy following sexual grooming.
The man, 60, has been suspended by the League One football club while police investigate.
A spokesman for the club 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.
“Until such time as the police investigation has concluded, the club is unable to make further comment.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman confirmed the man had been arrested on suspicion of meeting a boy under the age of 16 following sexual grooming.
“He has since been released under investigation,” they added.
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