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Oldham deny offering Ched Evans invitation to train with club

League One club Oldham Athletic have denied newspaper reports claiming they were ready to offer convicted rapist Ched Evans the chance to train with them.

Former Sheffield United striker Evans is searching for a new club after being released from prison after serving two-and-a-half years for raping a 19-year-old.

Ched Evans won't be heading to Lancashire. Credit: PA

An Oldham statement read: "The Board of Directors would like to confirm that we will not be extending an invitation for Ched Evans to train with Oldham Athletic nor will we be offering him a contract.

"The club will not be making any further comment on this subject."


Sheffield United co-chairman angry over Evans decision

Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps is "angry and upset" after the club had to withdraw their offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans train with the club.

Evans had been invited to use the South Yorkshire club's facilities and get fit after being released from prison, but now won't be permitted to do so.

The Blades were put under pressure to not allow Evans to re-join the club, including Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill saying she were want her name removed from the stand named after if they were to re-employ the striker.

Sheffield United won't have Ched Evans playing for them. Credit: PA

"I'm angry that we are not able to get a chance to do for this footballer what should be done," he said.

"I'm upset that we are not able to do what we wanted to do, but I acknowledge that my view is not the only view.

"My principles and the board's principles are not the only thing that matter."

Sheffield United decision can benefit Evans and club - PFA

The Professional Footballers' Association say Sheffield United's decision to not allow Ched Evans to train with the club may benefit both the Blades and the player.

It's the union's opinion that find a club elsewhere would be allow Evans to make a fresh start.

Ched Evans is looking for a new club after leaving prison. Credit: PA

A PFA statement read: "We note Sheffield United's decision to retract the offer they made to Ched Evans for him to return to training with the club.

"It is not surprising given the subsequent delay in his return as the matter was debated and understandably strong opinions were aired. We fully understand and respect the opposing views to Ched’s return to Sheffield United and clearly part of the issue related to him returning to the club he was previously with at the time of his imprisonment. With that in mind, it may ultimately be of benefit to both parties to move on and for Ched to look for a fresh start at a different club.

"We maintain our general position that the courts determine punishments and a return to society and a contribution to the community through employment is a key element of rehabilitation. We do not agree that society should impose different rules for footballers which go beyond the position of the law. In that regard, it is hoped that Ched will be given an opportunity at another club to return to the job he is trained to do."

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.

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."

Ex Housemartins frontman resigns from Sheffield United

Former Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton has resigned as a patron of Sheffield United's Community Foundation over the club's decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans back to training.

The singer, who said he made the decision with "great regret", said the club needed "to lift its reputation out of the gutter".

Former Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton. Credit: PA

TV presenter Charlie Webster, sixties pop star Dave Berry and Sheffield businesswoman Lindsay Graham have all resigned as patrons of the club since Evans returned to training.

Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill asked for her name to removed from a stand at the club's Bramall Lane ground if Evans returns full-time.

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