Shamed footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans will train again with his former club — a move that has reignited angry calls for Sheffield United to cut all ties with the striker.
The club have agreed to allow the Welsh international, 25, to train in order to recover his fitness following his release from jail last month.
But there is no move by the Blades to re-sign the player.
News of Evans’s imminent return to training provoked an outcry on social media, echoing the reaction after his release last month when United refused to confirm whether they will re-sign the player.
The campaign group Object said on Twitter: “Object stands in solidarity with the woman Ched Evans was convicted of raping and all other rape survivors affected by today’s news.”
One user tweeted: “Disgraceful that Ched Evans is being allowed to train with @SUFC_tweets. They should be ashamed. No one else would get their job back!”
Another user said: “Disgusting letting Ched Evans a convicted rapist back into training. Shameful.”
The former Sheffield United striker served half of a five-year jail term after he was jailed in April 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, Wales.
Many of the club’s fans have called for him to be rehabilitated, but thousands have signed a petition urging the team not to welcome him back.
Yesterday’s news pushed the number of signatories over the 157,000 mark.
The striker denied raping the woman, saying the sex was consensual, but he was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court. The prosecution said the woman was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.
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