Ched Evans maintains his innocence

Ched Evans
Ched Evans is to appeal against his conviction for rape Photo: ITV Wales News

Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is to appeal against his conviction for rape, his lawyers have confirmed.

In a statement issued through Sheffield United tonight, the footballer's legal team said he 'firmly maintains his innocence'.

"Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and as such, we confirm that Mr Evans will be appealing the decision.

No further comment will be made while the appeal process is on-going."

– Brabners Chaffe Street LLP

Evans, 23, is serving a five-year jail term following the trial at Caernarfon Crown Court last week, in which he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman.

He had admitted having sex with the woman at a hotel near Rhyl, Denbighshire, but said it was consensual.

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, also admitted having sex with the victim but was found not guilty of rape.

Sheffield United said they would not be making any comment at this time.