The chief of the Players’ association, Gordon Taylor, has today defended his decision to include Ched Evans in the PFA League One team of the season…
Speaking of Evans’ inclusion, Taylor insisted it was a “football decision not a moral decision” after the Wales striker hit 35 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for the Blades this season.
Evans was jailed for five years on Friday for the rape of a 19-year-old girl but has still been included in the PFA team, as members of the committee had already cast their votes.
Taylor said: “That was a football judgement by his fellow professionals, it was not a moral judgement and in no way does the PFA condone the offence for which he was convicted.
“If he had been removed from the team it would have created more of a storm and would have been manipulating the vote.”
“Votes are cast on footballing ability, obviously everyone is quite disturbed about the conviction and whether that would have changed the vote we just don’t know.”
Evans was jailed on Friday after being found guilty of raping the woman at a hotel in north Wales last May. The Sheffield United striker, who has indicated that he wants to appeal against the conviction, admitted having sex with the victim, then aged 19.
In her evidence, the woman said she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution argued she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.
League One team of the year in full: Ben Hamer (Charlton), Jack Hunt (Huddersfield), Michael Morrison (Charlton), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Johnnie Jackson (Charlton), Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United), Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons), Darren Potter (MK Dons), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield), Ched Evans (Sheffield United).
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