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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough does not think his side are favourites for the FA Cup quarter-final with Charlton on Sunday.

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Ched Evans to appeal rape conviction

Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans has asked for a review into his rape conviction in a fresh attempt to get it overturned.

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Ched Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, Denbighshire while he was a player for the Blades.

He was jailed for five years in April that year and is due to be released in October.

But Evans is now asking the Criminal Cases Review Commission to look at his case in the hope it may lead to a fresh appeal.

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Blades sign defender Alcock

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Rape victim support charity urges club to consider impact of Evans return

A national rape support charity has urged Sheffield United to consider the impact of allowing Ched Evans to return to the club.

Evans was convicted of rape and is to be released later this year after serving half of a five year sentence. It has been reported that he could then return to the Blades.

Katie Russell from Rape Crisis England and Wales told ITV Calendar that bosses at the club should carefully consider whether they allow him to return:

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Rival petitions over reported return of footballer convicted of rape

Rival petitions have been started online over rumours linking former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans with a return to the club.

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Ched Evans Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old could be released from prison early next season and it has been reported that he could resume his career when he is released.

He was convicted of the rape of a 19-year-old woman in 2012.

Around 60,000 people have signed a petition against his return, while a campaign in support of the Welsh striker has attracted around 3,000 signatures.

The petition in support of Evans says signatories believe he deserves another chance and in no way condone rape.

The petition against Evans states: "For the male leaders of the club to endorse him and "welcome him back" is an absolute humiliation to all women".

In a previous statement the club said: "The club can confirm that, as part of its ongoing policy of providing a duty of care to former employees and their families, it was in contact with Mr Evans subsequent to his conviction."

Sheffield United stressed today that Evans is not an employee.

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match today

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

Blades to host charity tea party

Sheffield United staff and players are to host a tea party and bake off to raise funds for a cancer charity.

L to R: Sami (Stefan Scougall), Fern (Harry Maguire), Danielle (Ryan Flynn), Cheryl (Chris Porter) and Nadine (Jamie Murphy).
L to R: Sami (Stefan Scougall), Fern (Harry Maguire), Danielle (Ryan Flynn), Cheryl (Chris Porter) and Nadine (Jamie Murphy).

The Time For Tea event will be held at the Blades' Shirecliffe training ground in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Cakes prepared by players' wives and girlfriends will be entered into a bake off challenge as part of the fundraiser on May 2.

The cakes will be served to players and coaching staff by the team's manager Nigel Clough, captain Michael Doyle and coach Chris Morgan.

A panel of players and coaches will then judge the winner, who will be presented with a trophy at the team's match against Coventry City on May 3.

Dave McCarthy, operations director at Sheffield United, said: "We are excited to be hosting the Time For Tea event at our training ground to show support and hopefully encourage other football fans in the city to arrange their own fundraising event for what is such a worthy cause.

"A number of the player's partners have already been practising their baking skills in preparation for the day and I am sure the players will appreciate their partners' efforts after their final training session of the campaign."

Sarah Cross, charity fundraiser at Weston Park Hospital Charity, said: "It's great that Sheffield United has got behind the Time For Tea campaign by hosting their very own fundraising event.

"We hope that their participation will encourage others to hold their very own tea party to raise vital funds for the charity."

Supporters of the charity are invited to host their own Time For Tea events and share baking photos and recipes on Twitter using the hashtag #timefortea.

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match.

Brammall Lane
Brammall Lane Credit: Press Association

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match on May 18 will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller, co-founder of Once Upon A Smile, will be on the celebrities' team.

Danny said: "I can't wait to play at Bramall Lane. Sheffield was one of the first places we set out on the journey of charity football and it gives me great pleasure to play there again with me and the boys at Once Upon A Smile. It promises to be a great event."

Emmerdale's Danny Miller
Emmerdale's Danny Miller Credit: Press Association

Former Blades captain Chris Morgan, now a member of Nigel Clough's coaching team, said: "I'm sure all the players are keen to put on a Blades kit once again and the celebs will be looking forward to playing on the Bramall Lane pitch.

Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan Credit: Press Association

"The day, though, is all about raising vital funds for the two worthwhile charities and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible come down and show their support. We hope it will be a great event to finish off a memorable season."

The match will be refereed by Howard Webb.Tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

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