Disgraced former England international Adam Johnson is believed to have been released from prison after serving three years for child sex offences.
The former Sunderland and Manchester City winger was sentenced to six years for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan in 2016.
Johnson’s father Dave spoke to reporters outside his 31-year-old son’s house in Castle Eden, County Durham.
Mr Johnson said his son might make a statement later and asked reporters to leave the home’s gated entrance.
Johnson, who played for England 12 times, was released part way through his jail term.