Ched Evans controversy

Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011

Wales international Ched Evans was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years in jail in April 2012. The 25-year-old was released in October 2014 having served half of his prison term. One month on, it was announced by former side Sheffield United that Evans would train with the club once more in order to regain his fitness levels.

The move by the League One outfit caused much outrage, with club patrons and sponsors threatening to withdraw their support from the club, although no decision on whether the one-time Manchester City striker will be accepted back at Bramall Lane on a full-time basis has yet been made.

Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans appeal against rape conviction to be delivered in April
A decision regarding Ched Evans's appeal against his rape conviction will be delivered in April following a two-day hearing.
Mar 23, 13:42
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ched Evans's bid to overturn rape conviction discussed by CCRC
Ched Evans's latest attempt to have his rape conviction overturned is being discussed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Sep 15, 14:26
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Convicted rapist Ched Evans 'wants name cleared before baby's birth in January'
Convicted rapist Ched Evans is reportedly desperate to have his name cleared before his child is born in October.
Jul 7, 11:09
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans's sister to appear on 'Big Brother'?
The sister of former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is reportedly in the running to be a contestant on this year's series of Big Brother.
Mar 11, 08:09
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans has "fresh evidence" to support appeal against rape conviction
Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans submits "fresh evidence" to support his appeal against a rape conviction.
Jan 28, 11:44
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
T-shirts saying 'No to Ched Evans' sold online
Ched Evans memorabilia, as well as 'No to Ched Evans' T-shirts, are reportedly being sold online as the convicted rapist continues searching for a new football club.
Jan 19, 12:36
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Prosecutors to investigate identification of Ched Evans rape victim
Prosecutors have been asked to investigate whether any criminal offences were made in relation to the identification of Ched Evans's rape victim.
Jan 16, 12:39
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Wayne Rooney's 'ex-prostitute' Helen Wood wades into Ched Evans row
Ex-prostitute Helen Wood, who is alleged to have once slept with Wayne Rooney, believes that Ched Evans's guilty verdict of rape has "flaws".
Jan 12, 12:42
Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011
BBC clarify Mark Lawrenson's comments suggesting Ched Evans is a "victim"
The BBC reject suggestions that pundit Mark Lawrenson claimed during a recent broadcast that convicted rapist Ched Evans was a "victim".
Jan 12, 11:30
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Oldham Athletic director Barry Owen stands by Ched Evans decision
Barry Owen admits that he "did not anticipate the amount of sponsorship pressure" that would be placed on Oldham following their decision to negotiate with Ched Evans.
Jan 11, 08:18
Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011
Mark Lawrenson: 'Is Ched Evans a victim?'
Former Liverpool defender and TV pundit Mark Lawrenson asks whether convicted rapist Ched Evans is "a victim" of a media circus.
Jan 10, 17:48
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Oldham Athletic director Barry Owen quits Trust chairman role
Oldham Athletic director Barry Owen resigns from his post as chairman of the club's Trust after 12 years in charge.
Jan 9, 19:54
Hull City's English manager Steve Bruce is pictured before the start of the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Hull City at The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on February 17, 2014
Hull City boss Steve Bruce backs Ched Evans to return to football
Hull City boss Steve Bruce confirms that he gave his backing to Oldham Athletic to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, whom he believes has a case to appeal.
Jan 9, 10:59
Gordon Taylor arrives for a meeting to discuss racism in football at 10 Downing Street on February 22, 2012
Hillsborough families accept PFA chief Gordon Taylor's apology
Some of the Hillsborough families have accepted the apology from PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor after he compared the 1989 disaster to the Ched Evans rape case.
Jan 9, 10:35
FA Chairman Greg Dyke during a media conference on September 4, 2013
FA chairman Greg Dyke: 'No basis to intervene in Ched Evans case'
FA chairman Greg Dyke says that there is "no basis" for the governing body to "intervene directly" in Ched Evans's case as the convicted rapist searches for a new club.
Jan 9, 09:08
Gordon Taylor arrives for a meeting to discuss racism in football at 10 Downing Street on February 22, 2012
Gordon Taylor stirs up controversy by comparing Ched Evans case to Hillsborough
PFA boss Gordon Taylor courts controversy by drawing comparisons between the Ched Evans case and the Hillsborough disaster.
Jan 9, 01:39
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans blames "mob rule" tactics for collapse of Oldham Athletic move
Convicted rapist Ched Evans slams "mob rule" tactics for the collapse of his move to Oldham Athletic.
Jan 8, 18:28
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic: 'Death threats caused club to pull out of Ched Evans deal'
Oldham Athletic confirm that a deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans is off due to numerous threats made to the League One club.
Jan 8, 16:39
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic Supporters' Trust call for end to 'extreme threats' to staff
The Oldham Athletic Supporters' Trust urges fellow fans to stop sending 'extreme threats' to club members after a deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans was called off.
Jan 8, 15:55
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic 'deny chairman Simon Corney quit over Ched Evans controversy'
Oldham Athletic reportedly reject rumours that chairman Simon Corney has stepped down over the Ched Evans controversy.
Jan 8, 15:08
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans issues apology after Oldham Athletic withdraw contract offer
Ched Evans issues an apology "for the effects" of his actions in 2011 which saw him jailed for raping a woman in a North Wales hotel.
Jan 8, 13:30
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Oldham council leader: 'Ched Evans transfer saga has divided town'
Jim McMahon, the leader of Oldham council, claims that convicted rapist Ched Evans's proposed move to Oldham Athletic has left the town feeling "divided".
Jan 8, 13:15
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Oldham Athletic's deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans is off?
Oldham Athletic's deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans is reportedly off.
Jan 8, 11:12
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic owner expects to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans
Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney expects the club to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Jan 7, 17:20
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic agree Ched Evans personal terms?
Oldham Athletic and Ched Evans are understood to have agreed personal terms over a move.
Jan 7, 11:50
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Nicola McLean tweets in defence of Ched Evans
Glamour model Nicola McLean jumps to the defence of convicted rapist Ched Evans by insisting that he deserves another chance.
Jan 6, 11:24
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic: 'No Ched Evans decision yet'
Oldham Athletic reveal that they are yet to make a decision about signing Ched Evans.
Jan 5, 16:37
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Crawley Town: 'We are not signing Ched Evans'
League One outfit Crawley Town dismiss claims that they are on the verge of signing ex-Sheffield United striker Ched Evans.
Jan 4, 17:58
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Thousands sign petition calling on Oldham Athletic not to sign Ched Evans
Thousands of people sign a petition urging League One outfit Oldham Athletic not to sign former Sheffield United striker and convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Jan 4, 15:23
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ched Evans 'in talks with Oldham Athletic'
Convicted rapist Ched Evans is in talks with Oldham about joining the club, according to a report hours after it was confirmed that a League One club holds an interest.
Jan 4, 13:27
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ched Evans 'to join unnamed League One side this week'
An unnamed League One side will reportedly unveil convicted rapist Ched Evans as their new signing this week.
Jan 4, 09:30
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Convicted rapist Ched Evans not allowed overseas move
Convicted rapist Ched Evans will not be allowed to resume his football career overseas to to strict conditions imposed on sex offenders, the Ministry of Justice confirms.
Jan 3, 19:40
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans offered contract by Maltese club Hibernians
Maltese club Hibernians offer a contract to convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Jan 2, 23:44
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Hartlepool United rule out Ched Evans signing
League Two strugglers Hartlepool United rule out the prospect of signing convicted rapist Ched Evans following criticism from local MP Iain Wright.
Dec 21, 13:17
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright pleads with the club not to sign Ched Evans
Local MP Iain Wright urges Hartlepool United club to not sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Dec 20, 20:57
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ronnie Moore admits interest in Ched Evans
New Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore admits that he would be keen to sign former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans, despite his rape conviction.
Dec 20, 18:30
GB athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill at the Diamond League meeting on July 27, 2013
Jessica Ennis-Hill 'shocked' by Twitter abuse following Ched Evans controversy
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill admits that she was 'shocked' to receive threatening and abusive tweets after warning Sheffield United against re-signing Ched Evans.
Dec 11, 12:25
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Oldham Athletic rule out move for Ched Evans
Oldham Athletic confirm that they will not invite Ched Evans to train with the club or offer him a contract.
Dec 1, 12:22
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Report: Six clubs talking to Ched Evans
Convicted rapist Ched Evans, who is no longer training with Sheffield United, is in talks with six clubs over a possible contract, according to reports.
Nov 22, 23:13
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Ched Evans 'to move abroad to save football career'
Ched Evans could move abroad to salvage his football career, according to reports.
Nov 21, 23:09
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps "angry" about Ched Evans exit
Sheffield United's Jim Phipps says that he is 'angry and upset' that the club have rescinded their decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train at the club.
Nov 21, 16:18
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Sheffield United retract Ched Evans use of club training facilities
Sheffield United release a statement claiming that they have retracted the opportunity for former striker Ched Evans to train at the League One club.
Nov 20, 20:29
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Radio presenter criticised for "keep your knickers on" remark in Ched Evans talk
BBC radio presenter Nick Conrad sparks controversy by telling women to 'keep their knickers on' in a discussion about convicted rapist footballer Ched Evans.
Nov 20, 13:13
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Musician Paul Heaton resigns as Sheffield United patron
Musician Paul Heaton resigns as a patron at Sheffield United following the Ched Evans controversy.
Nov 17, 17:50
GB athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill at the Diamond League meeting on July 27, 2013
Katie Hopkins criticises Jessica Ennis-Hill for opinion on Ched Evans rape
Columnist Katie Hopkins criticises Jessica Ennis-Hill for asking Sheffield United to remove her name from the Bramall Lane stand should they re-employ rapist Ched Evans.
Nov 17, 14:19
Nigel Clough, then managing Derby County, looks on during a Championship match on March 16, 2013
Nigel Clough: 'Good end to a tough week'
Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough admits that seeing his side beat Doncaster was a good way to end a "difficult week" of controversy surrounding Ched Evans.
Nov 16, 11:08
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Sheffield United 'appalled' by abuse towards Ched Evans critics
Sheffield United issue a statement condemning online abuse towards those who have challenged their decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to resume training.
Nov 15, 22:57
GB athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill at the Diamond League meeting on July 27, 2013
Police probe Jessica Ennis-Hill tweet
Police are investigating reports of an abusive tweet aimed at Jessica Ennis-Hill involving Ched Evans.
Nov 14, 19:58
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Greg Dyke: Ched Evans debate "not an important issue"
FA chairman Greg Dyke finds himself in hot water after playing down the importance of convicted rapist Ched Evans's possible return to football.
Nov 14, 10:48
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Nick Clegg tells Ched Evans to leave UK to rebuild career
Deputy PM Nick Clegg tells Ched Evans to leave the United Kingdom if he wants to continue playing football.
Nov 14, 09:57
GB athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill at the Diamond League meeting on July 27, 2013
Jessica Ennis-Hill wants name removed from stand if Ched Evans re-signs
Jessica Ennis-Hill issues a warning to Sheffield United that if they offer convicted rapist Ched Evans a contract, she wants her name removing from one of the stands.
Nov 13, 18:41
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
Sheffield United shirt sponsor threatens to quit over Ched Evans uproar
DBL Logistics say that they will quit as a major sponsor of League One outfit Sheffield United should they re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Nov 13, 11:56
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg addresses a Olympic Munich memorial event at The Guildhall in London on August 6, 2012
Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns Sheffield United over Ched Evans return
Deputy PM Nick Clegg warns Sheffield United to "think long and hard" over potentially offering convicted rapist Ched Evans a return to professional football.
Nov 12, 15:47
Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011
MP Paul Blomfield urges Sheffield United to reverse Ched Evans move
Sheffield MP writes an open letter urging Sheffield United to reverse their decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the club.
Nov 12, 15:03
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Nigel Clough: 'Ched Evans entitled to second chance'
Nigel Clough insists that convicted rapist Ched Evans training with Sheffield United is not necessarily a route to him being offered a contract at the club.
Nov 12, 10:22
Wales national team manager Chris Coleman looks on during the International Friendly match between Wales v Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, 2013
Chris Coleman: 'I haven't discussed Ched Evans return'
Wales manager Chris Coleman reveals that he has not discussed the possibility of convicted rapist Ched Evans returning to international football in the future.
Nov 12, 04:17
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Football League: 'Ched Evans can join who he likes'
The Football League releases a statement confirming that convicted rapist Ched Evans is free to join any club who want to sign him.
Nov 11, 19:32
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Convicted rapist Ched Evans 'to train with Sheffield United'
Convicted rapist Ched Evans will reportedly begin training with Sheffield United later this week to build up his fitness levels.
Nov 11, 13:40
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ched Evans eager for second chance
Ched Evans confirms that he wants to return to football following his release from prison.
Oct 22, 17:25
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ched Evans's inquiry into rape conviction fast-tracked
An investigation into Ched Evans's rape conviction will reportedly be fast-tracked by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Oct 20, 12:40
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Karren Brady: 'No place in football for Ched Evans'
West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady believes that "there should be no place anywhere in football" for convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Oct 18, 22:39
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Sheffield United deny reports of Ched Evans contract offer
Sheffield United deny claims that they have offered convicted rapist a new contract after his release from prison.
Oct 18, 14:38
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ex-Sheffield United forward Ched Evans 'released from prison this morning'
Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is reportedly released from prison this morning after serving half of his five-year sentence for rape.
Oct 17, 09:31
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Sheffield United yet to make decision on possible re-signing of Ched Evans
Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough says that a decision is yet to be made regarding the possible re-signing of convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Oct 15, 14:49
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Ched Evans petition reaches 100,000 signatures
A petition calling for Ched Evans to not be re-employed by Sheffield United after his prison sentence for rape ends later this month has gathered more than 100,000 signatures.
Oct 10, 22:14
Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
Gordon Taylor backs Ched Evans football return
Ched Evans should be allowed to play professional football once more upon his release from prison following a conviction of rape, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says.
Oct 9, 08:24

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