Sheffield United stops Ched Evans training

Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been stopped from training with Sheffield United, after what the club described as "an intensity that could not have been anticipated".

Evans attempts to re-start his career after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Premier Inn in Wales have split supporters and patrons. Four patrons walked out in disgust over the decision to let Evans train and Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill threatened to have her name removed from a stand if the striker was re-signed. In a statement, Sheffield United said:

Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators.

During this whole period, we have been served a timely reminder of what we have been throughout our history: Sheffield United is a family and community club that, even in times of adversity, will remain strong and grow from its experiences.

– Sheffield United

Who is Mark Reckless?

Mark Reckless triggered a by-election when he defected to Ukip

  • The UKIP candidate for Rochester and Strood is a 43-year-old father of two who formerly worked in financial services and management consultancy before moving into Westminster
  • He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford, where he met fellow Conservative George Osborne
  • Worked for the policy unit at Conservative Central Office for two years and was elected to the House of Commons in 2010
  • Reckless publicly apologised after only two months in the Commons for being so drunk in a Parliament bar that he missed a vote on the budget in June 2010. He swears he is now teetotal and will not drink even if he wins the by-election
  • Tory party chairman Grant Shapps accused Reckless of deceit, telling the annual Conservative conference Reckless had "lied and lied and lied"
  • Reckless has since criticised David Cameron for failing to be clear about what he stands for
  • However, Reckless has made it very clear what he believes in; a vocal opponent of the EU, he supports an elected House of Lords and does not want to see benefits to the unemployed or sick rise.

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Matthew Kelly

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