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Hartlepool MP: 'It's not OK for a rapist to play football'

The MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, said he hoped his club did not sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans - as it would send completely the wrong message to other young men.

"I really hope we don't. I love my club, I love Hartlepool United. There's a reason why no other team in the Football League wants to sign him - he is a pariah.

"I was at the match today. There were lots of young lads there supporting Hartlepool United. I just think it sends out such a wrong message to young men in terms of it being OK for a rapist to play football.

"It's entirely wrong."

– Iain Wright MP, Labour, Hartlepool

Hartlepool United's new manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign Ched Evans, and that it is a 'possibility'.

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Hartlepool manager would like to sign Ched Evans

Hartlepool United's manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Ched Evans on the pitch for his former club Sheffield United in 2012 Credit: PA

Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans had an offer to train with his former club retracted last month following strong local opposition to the proposal.

But Moore, who took over as boss of the bottom club in the Football League this week, has confirmed he could look to bring in 25-year-old Evans. He said after today's 1-1 home draw with Oxford: "It's a possibility.

"If it could happen, I would want it to happen. He is a proven scorer; he's served his time and the boy wants to play football.

"If there is a chance he might come here, I don't see any reason why he shouldn't.

"He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn't apologised in the right way - and I know he has an appeal case pending - but if he gets on the park, he would go along way to getting us out of trouble."

Rotherham's Revell ensures first win in 10 for Millers

Goals from Tom Lawrence and Alex Revell earned Rotherham their first win in 10 matches to pile the misery on fellow strugglers Wigan in the Championship.

Alex Revell scored the Millers winner Credit: Press Association

The 2-1 result now leaves Wigan - one of the pre-season favourites for

promotion - six points adrift of safety, extending their miserable run to one

win in 17 matches.

Lawrence scored the opener for Steve Evans' Rotherham after a dreadful mistake by Andrew Taylor.

Wigan levelled just after the hour mark when Ben Watson headed home James McClean's corner.

But the visitors picked themselves off the canvas and regained the lead within a minute, Revell heading past Scott Carson from close range.

Credit must be given to the home side for the way they stuck at it, but they were denied a late leveller when Oriol Riera's header came back off the crossbar.

Wigan were first out of the blocks, and Callum McManaman skipped past three defenders before seeing his shot well saved by Adam Collin.

A short corner by the home side presented Watson with a shooting opportunity, but his effort was deflected into the path of Emmerson Boyce, who could only head wide.

Having soaked up a bit of pressure, the visitors then started showing themselves as an attacking threat.

Revell's shot was well parried by Carson, before Emmanuel Ledesma dragged his effort well wide of the mark.

A poor backpass from James Perch almost let in Revell, with only smart footwork by Carson saving his side.

Watson should have opened the scoring for Wigan but blazed high and wide from inside the area.

But Rotherham gradually took a hold on proceedings and started asking the more probing questions.

Leon Barnett was at full stretch to cut out a cross from Ben Pringle, and it took a fabulous block from James Perch to snuff out a swift breakaway led by Lawrence and Ledesma.

Revell forced another save from Carson, before the Millers did take the lead five minutes before half-time.

Taylor's error allowed Lawrence to run in on goal, and the young forward finished coolly past Carson.

Rotherham started the second half where they had left off in the first, and Barnett was again required to cut out the danger posed by Lawrence.

Wigan made a double change either side of the hour mark, throwing on strikers Marc-Antoine Fortune and Riera for Shaun Maloney and Don Cowie.

And the home side found an equaliser within seconds of the second switch, McClean's corner being headed home by Watson at the near post.

With nearly 30 minutes to go, the home crowd urged their men on in search of a vital win at the foot of the table. But those plans were immediately nipped in the bud when the Millers regained the advantage within a minute.

Barnett was penalised 30 yards from goal, and Ledesma's deep free-kick was nodded into the net by Revell.

Wigan's attempts at a second leveller were thwarted when Fortune fired over the top from a great position.

And the home side knew the game was up when McManaman's cross from the right was headed against the bar by Riera in the closing stages.

Tigers poor run continues

Ki Sung-yueng scored the winner as Swansea ensured sure Hull's miserable run continued as the Tigers lost 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's men are now 10 games without a win Credit: Press Association

The visitors scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute when South Korean midfielder Ki attempted to turn his back on Jonjo Shelvey's shot and instead succeeded in diverting past Allan McGregor with his lower arm.

While that represented a considerable slice of luck, it was no less than the visitors deserved, Shelvey hitting the post with a second long-range effort and Bafetimbi Gomis also denied by the woodwork in the latter stages.

Steve Bruce's Tigers, struggling with injury and suspension and second bottom in the table, also hit the frame of the goal through Andy Robertson and had a last-gasp penalty appeal rejected but would have been flattered by a point.

Since seeing off Crystal Palace at the start of October they have failed to win in 10 Barclays Premier League matches, collecting just four points from a possible 30.

With Jake Livermore earning a fifth booking of the season and captain Curtis Davies coming off injured in the second half, things already appear bleak for the Boxing Day trip to Sunderland.

The Swansea team-sheet appeared to give hope to the hosts, with top-scorer Wilfried Bony starting on the bench and Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leon Britton and Jefferson Montero all absent through injury amid seven changes.

Yet the Tigers had troubles of their own to contend with, replacing the suspended Tom Huddlestone with Gaston Ramirez and the injured Michael Dawson with Alex Bruce.

The game began vibrantly, Abel Hernandez hurling himself into tackles before Nikica Jelavic and Wayne Routledge wasted early chances at either end.

Routledge's was marginally more inviting, James Chester having been caught out by Ashley Williams' long ball, but he pulled his shot wide of the near post.

Ramirez also spurned a good opening, sending a wayward first-time effort into the stand after Neil Taylor diverted the ball into his path.

The game did not have the look of a stalemate and the opener came in the 14th minute, Shelvey neatly creating room to shoot on his left foot.

McGregor had it well covered but was left helpless as Ki's unwitting intervention saw the ball change course and bobble over the line.

Hull were close to the ideal response eight minutes later, Robertson initiating a break down the left then reappearing in the box to collect Hernandez's lay-off.

The Scotland international let rip but was denied by the crossbar and a fingertip save from Lukasz Fabianksi.

That was as good as Hull's first-half efforts got, as passes began to go astray and Livermore collected his fifth booking of the season and a one-game suspension to go with it.

Swansea came within a whisker of doubling their lead when Shelvey tried his luck from distance a second time.

The midfielder took three touches without being closed down with his fourth a fizzing effort off the outside of his right boot.

McGregor was well beaten but the ball crashed off the post and came back across goal.

Hull fashioned a couple of chances after the break, Ramirez's free-kick briefly threatening before bending wide and Jelavic's header saved low by Fabianksi.

But the pursuit of an equaliser almost cost them dear in the 54th minute when David Meyler carelessly lost the ball with Hull committed in attack.<

A lightning break ended with Tom Carroll threading a pass through Davies' legs and into the path of the unmarked Shelvey, who looked certain to score from eight yards.

But McGregor threw himself forward and smothered the shot brilliantly with feet.

Bruce swapped a defender for an attacker on the hour, son Alex off for Sone Aluko, but the latter's first contribution was to go in the book for a sloppy foul on Taylor.

Swansea failed once again to put the game to bed when Bafetimbi Gomis got a slight touch on Marvin Emnes' cross in the 74th minute and watched as the ball wrong-footed everyone before nestling against the post.

Davies hobbled off before the close, with Harry Maguire handed a Premier League debut, while Yannick Sagbo tumbled under pressure from Angel Rangel in the dying seconds.


Magna evacuated as 40 firefighters tackle nearby blaze

The Magna science centre in Rotherham has been evacuated and an event this evening for 800 people has been cancelled after a large fire nearby.

Eight fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to the former Sterecycle plant on Sheffield Road at about 2 o'clock this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say the building was empty and no one has been hurt.

Today's football scores

Today's football results Credit: Press Association

Premier League - Click here for score and reaction

Hull City v Swansea City

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Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday

Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City

Wigan Athletic v Rotherham United

Nottingham Forest v Leeds (KO at 17:15)

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Barnsley v Leyton Orient

Bradford v Scunthorpe

Gillingham v Chesterfield

Sheffield United v Walsall

Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers

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Bury v York City

Wimbledon v Mansfield Town

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