Tyne & Wear

Sunderland AFC worker arrested over grooming claim

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Image caption Sunderland AFC has not confirmed which part of the club the arrested man worked in

A Sunderland Association Football Club employee has been arrested on suspicion of the sexual grooming of a boy.

The club confirmed the 60-year-old man, who has not been named, was suspended before being reported to police.

In a statement, the League One club said it was "made aware of allegations pertaining to a member of staff and reported it to police immediately".

Northumbria Police said the man had been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

A force spokesman said: "Police have arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of meeting a male under the age of 16 following sexual grooming."

The club said it would make no further comment until the police investigation had concluded.

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