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Sheffield United Undecided On Re-Signing Convicted Rapist Ched Evans But Are Letting Him Train

The Blades have caused controversy by allowing Evans to train with them.

There is controversy surrounding the football world currently as Sheffield United allow former player Ched Evans to train with them following his release from prison for rape.

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Evans served half of his five-year sentence for being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2012 and the Yorkshire club have allowed the Welshman to train with them once more following a request from the PFA.

“After due consideration, the board has decided to respond favourably to the PFA’s request to allow Evans to train at the club,” a club statement read.

The reasoning is that it will help the 25-year-old’s rehabilitation process, but many disagree with the decision and believe the striker should not be allowed back in the public eye following his conviction.

In fact a petition with 157,000 signatures has been handed to the Blades to urge them not to re-sign Evans and TV presenter Charlie Webster announced on Newsnight on Tuesday that she has resigned as a club patron due to his presence at Bramall Lane.

“My decision is made on the fact that I don’t believe a convicted rapist, as in Ched Evans, should go back to a club that I am patron of and should go back into the community to represent the community,” Ms Webster told the BBC.

As yet the club has made no decision as to whether to re-sign Evans, who has always maintained his innocence and says that he had consensual sex with the woman in a hotel in Rhyl, but did not rape her.

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