Oldham Athletic have become the latest club to pull out from signing the Convicted rapist Ched Evans after extreme pressure from the sponsors and the fans. Unrest went to the extent of threatening a board member with explicit remarks.
One of Oldham’s board member told BBC that some freakish supporter told him about where his daughter works and if club decides to move ahead with Evans’s signing his daughter will be raped. Following these sick remarks, Oldham have backed out from signing Evans, and some may say rightly so.
Meanwhile, Ched Evans has released his first statement with an apology since he has been released from prison. It took Ched Evans 83 days to issue an apology since his release from the prison. In his statement, Ched Evans maintains his innocence and thanked PFA for allowing a second chance in the game. He is Ched Evans’s complete statement:
I am grateful for the support of the PFA in helping me try to return to football and continue my career. Upon legal advice, I was told not to discuss the events in question.
This silence has been misinterpreted as arrogance and I would like to state that this could not be further from the truth. I do remain limited at present by what I can say due to the ongoing referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and whilst I continue to maintain my innocence, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise for the effects that night in Rhyl has had on many people, not least the woman concerned.
Finally, it has been claimed that those using social media in an abusive and vindictive way towards this woman are supporters of mine. I wish to make it clear that these people are not my supporters and I condemn their actions entirely and will continue to do so.
Ched Evans saga is getting complicated with each passing day. After Sheffield United, Heartlepool and Tranmere all turned the striker down, Oldham looked like his route back to playing football, but now after strong reactions of their fans Oldham have backed out from signing Ched Evans as well.
Ched Evans was convicted of rape in 2012 and was sentenced to a five-year jail time. He appealed against the decision and on the basis of reintegration in the game and being unable to make a comeback in the game saw his sentence cut down to half. Ever since the incidence Ched Evans had not apologised until today. As it stands though, his apology isn’t enough.
Some of the Premier League managers have spoken in this case and one of them is Harry Redknapp. Harry said:
‘I think it’s about getting a second chance in life,’ the QPR manager said.
‘It’s very difficult, people make mistakes, dreadful mistakes in life, but people go in prison or whatever they do, whether you’ve murdered someone or whatever, unfortunately a lot of them come out.
‘But once you’ve done your time you’ve done your time, and somewhere along the line you’ve got to come out and make a go of your life. So it’s a very difficult situation at the moment with the lad who is a footballer and wants to play football.
‘What does he do? If he goes and works in a supermarket people are going to say “we’ve got a rapist working in the supermarket”.
‘Somewhere he’s got to work, whether it’s football or somewhere, he can’t just not be allowed to carry on with his life.’
Harry Redknapp may be right, but right now no team is ready to give this “One time good player” any chance at any level of the game. Evans had started his career with Manchester City and was signed by Sheffield United in 2009 for £3 Million. Evans in his last season as professional player scored 35 goals in 42 games. Those stats indicate that he was decent enough striker now only time will tell which team has the guts to take on their sponsors and fans to sign Ched Evans – A convicted Rapist.
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