Sheffield United complete U-turn on Ched Evans
The Blades will not re-sign the convicted rapist after fierce opposition to Evans returning to Bramall Lane
November 21st, 2014
Sheffield United have been forced to admit defeat in their quest to re-integrate Ched Evans into the first-team squad, with the striker no longer invited to train with his former club.
Evans has recently left prison after serving eighteen months for rape, with the Welshman hoping to clear his name and resurrect his professional football career, although it will not be with Sheffield United.
With figureheads like Jessica Ennis-Hill voicing their concern over the club signing Evans, United have issued a statement outlining the fact that they are withdrawing their offer to a player who cost United £3 million in 2009.
“The club initially accepted a request from the PFA for Ched Evans to be able to train. The reaction to this has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced,” said the club in a statement.
“As noted in previous statements from the club, the legal system of this country provides for both the punishment and the rehabilitation of every person who has been found guilty of a crime.
“Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators.
“We remain disappointed at some of the inaccurate reporting, misinformed views and commentary, as well as the actions of a minority of individuals on social media. Professional footballers must be treated as equals before the law,” it said.
“The club condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms.”