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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.

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was reportedly released from prison this morning after serving half of his sentence for rape.

The 25-year-old has been behind bars for the last two years after he was convicted in 2012 of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel back in May the previous year.

According to BBC Sport, Evans, who is believed to be keen on a return to football, walked out of jail this morning.

The Blades have held discussions with manager Nigel Clough about the possibility of re-signing the forward, but a number of fans are opposed to his return.

An online petition calling for the club not to take Evans back has acquired almost 150,000 signatures.

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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
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