The mother of Adam Johnson's girlfriend has said that they are standing by him after he was questioned over alleged sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
The Sunderland winger was questioned yesterday and released on bail last night following the allegation.
He has been suspended by the Black Cats while the investigation, conducted by Durham police, is ongoing.
Johnson's partner, Stacey Flounders, is reported to have given birth to their daughter seven weeks ago.
Speaking from her family home, her mother told the Daily Mirror: "They are still very close and are absolutely still together.
"He is 100 per cent innocent and we will stand by him. He hasn't been found guilty of anything. He is a great lad and has not done anything wrong. This is a horrible situation."
Easington-born Johnson began his career at Boro, where he emerged from the club's academy to win a £7million switch to Manchester City in February 2010.
However, after a difficult final few months in the blue half of Manchester, Sunderland persuaded him to head back to the north-east as they clinched a £10million deal in August 2012.
Johnson, who has 12 senior England caps - the last of them in a friendly victory over Italy in August 2012 - has struggled to reproduce his best form on a sustained basis on Wearside.
However, he has endeared himself to Black Cats fans with goals in each of the club's three derby victories at Newcastle in as many seasons, including a late winner at St James' Park on December 21 last year.