Jessica Ennis-Hill joins protest against Ched Evans Sheffield United return
Ennis-Hill wants her name removed from a Bramall Lane stand if Evans is allowed to play again for the Blades
November 14th, 2014
The pressure on Sheffield United to put an end to Ched Evans’ return to the Yorkshire club has been ratcheted up a notch after Jessica Ennis-Hill issued a statement on Thursday.
The Olympic gold-medallist has a stand named after her at Bramall Lane although Ennis-Hill wants that label removed if United press ahead with their plan to restore Evans to their squad following his release from prison.
The striker was sent to jail after being convicted of rape and there has been a debate raging as to whether it is right for Evans to return to professional football, with the player appealing against his crime.
However, Ennis-Hill has laid her cards on the table and admits she doesn’t want to be associated with the club if they go offer Evans a playing contract.
She said in a statement: “I believe being a role model to young people is a huge honour and those in positions of influence in communities should respect the role they play in young people’s lives and set a good example. If Evans was to be re-signed by the club it would completely contradict these beliefs.”
This follows club patron Charlie Webster standing down from her role after Evans was invited to train with the Sheffield United squad, although it now remains to be seen whether the striker will be handed the chance to revive his playing career with the Blades.