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Ched Evans ban 'sends a message' about behaviour

Sheffield United's decision to ban Ched Evans from training "sends a message" about kind of behaviour is acceptable in 21st century Britain, the head of a feminist campaign group said.

Object chief executive Roz Gardie told Good Morning Britain said rehabilitation was "obviously" important but the striker had shown no remorse over his actions.

Wigan Athletic owner Whelan accused of antisemitism

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has been accused of antisemitism after he was quoted as saying, "Jewish people chase money more than everybody else".

Asked about the decision to appoint Malky Mackay as Wigan manager despite a string of allegedly racist, sexist, and antisemitic messages sent by Mackay during his time at Cardiff, Whelan told the Guardian he saw "nothing offensive" in those messages.

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan pictured with new manager Malky Mackay. Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

“I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else. I don’t think that’s offensive at all,” he added.

Former FA and Premier League executive Simon Johnson wrote on Twitter:


Charlie Webster: Sheffield Utd has 'done the right thing'

Former Sheffield United patron Charlie Webster, who left her position at the club over the Ched Evans matter, said on Twitter it had "done the right thing" by deciding not to let the footballer train at its facilities.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is MP for Sheffield Hallam, also tweeted his support for the club saying it was "a sensible decision."

Dave Berry welcomes United's retraction on Evans

Sheffield United has withdrawn an offer to allow Ched Evans to train with the club. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Singer Dave Berry, who resigned as a patron at Sheffield United following the Ched Evans row, has welcomed a decision to withdraw an offer for the footballer to train at the club but says it should not have taken so long.

Mr Berry told ITV news: "I'm very pleased to hear it but why has it taken so long? And still, where are all the men in this? I haven't seen anyone commenting from football clubs."

He added: "I'm rather disappointed at men not supporting this girl and making any gestures. They've said nothing about the contract - we're still only halfway there."

Sheffield United retracts training offer to Ched Evans

Sheffield United has retracted its offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans train at the club.

The football club said the reaction to its initial decision to allow Evans to train there "has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced."

Sheffield United has retracted its offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train at its facilities. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

"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," the club said in a statement.

"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."


Fifa ignored 'hard cash' claims says former member

A Fifa executive committee member was reported to the world governing body's ethics committee after asking for "hard cash" in return for votes during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup - but no action was taken, it has been claimed.

Les Murray, an Australian who was on the Fifa ethics committee at the time, claims he reported the request to his superiors after being informed of it by people working for the Australia 2022 bid.

It is thought the member in question asked for $5million in order to build a sports centre in exchange for his vote.

Fifa is currently embroiled in scandal. Credit: PA

Murray wrote on his SBS blog: "Three years ago, when I was still on the FIFA ethics committee, I was informed by sources inside the Australian bid team that a member of the FIFA executive committee was asking the Australians for hard cash in return for votes.

"I reported this information up the chain of the ethics committee at the time, as was my duty, but I see no mention of it in Eckert's report."

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