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Convicted rapist won't sign Oldham deal

2015-01-08 15:33

London - English club Oldham appears to have abandoned plans to give a convicted rapist Ched Evans a route back into soccer.

Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon announced on Thursday: "I understand Oldham Athletic's move to sign Ched Evans is off."

McMahon added that "the reputation of our club and town" has been affected by the public debate over Evans' future in the game.

Oldham, which plays in England's third division, has faced criticism from politicians and sponsors over its interest in signing Evans.

The 26-year-old former Manchester City and Sheffield United striker was released from jail in October after serving time for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.

Evans saw his hopes of rejoining Sheffield United collapse following similar waves of criticism.

AP

Comments
  • kieran.harrop.3 - 2015-01-08 16:30

    Well his football career is done. Might as well join the clowns in parliament here with us. Seems to be a stepping stone to get there. Rape, pillage, murder, drop out of school, infect everyone you can with your stupidity and you are now a politician of South Africa.

  • Thanduxolo Msongelwa - 2015-01-08 19:09

    U talk of jail time and that is two years for rape? This man must go back and do serious jail time. May b the authorities r inviting him to do it again so that they clap hands. Sies.

  • Emile Mouton - 2015-01-09 07:14

    So are people with criminal records not allowed to be employed ever again?

  • victor.downing.37 - 2015-01-09 08:03

    Come to South Africa as long as you did your time all is forgiven.

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