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Ched 'always maintained he was wrongly convicted'

Ched Evans Credit: PA

People supporting Ched Evans have released a statement following the news that his conviction is being referred for appeal.

They say they welcome the decision for the conviction to go to appeal adding: "Ched and those who closely support him, have always maintained that he was wrongly convicted and using new information that was not presented at his trial, we expect that in time his conviction will be quashed."

Ched Evans conviction referred to Court of Appeal

Ched Evans's conviction for rape has been referred to the Court of Appeal.

He previously denied the charge but was sentenced to five years' in prison.

Ched Evans's conviction will go to the Court of Appeal Credit: PA

The decision of the Commission is not a judgment on guilt of innocence in relation to Ched Evans, nor is it a judgment about the honesty or integrity of the victim or any other person involved in the case.

Our role is to consider applications to see if, in our judgment, there is any basis on which to ask the court to hear a fresh appeal – that is our statutory responsibility.

In this case we have identified new material which was not considered by the jury at trial and which in our view might have assisted the defence. In those circumstances, it is right and proper for the matter to be before the Court so that they can decide whether or not the new information should affect the verdict in this case.

– Richard Foster, Chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission,


Australia's Hooper facing disciplinary over alleged foul play

Hooper faces a disciplinary tomorrow. Credit: AAP Image/Paul Miller

Australia flanker Michael Hooper could miss this weekend's Pool A decider against Wales, after being cited for alleged foul play during his team's 33-13 victory over England on Saturday.

Independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds reported Hooper for allegedly 'charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player.' The alleged incident happened just before half-time when Hooper challenged England full-back Mike Brown.

Sanctions for charging range from a two-week ban to 10 weeks for a top-end offence. If he's suspended, Hooper will miss Saturday's game against Wales at Twickenham and could miss the quarter-finals.

A disciplinary hearing will be held in London tomorrow.

Gatland sorry as England's World Cup dream ends

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Wales boss Warren Gatland has condemned the "ridiculous" decision to draw the 2015 World Cup pools almost three years ago.

England became the biggest group stage casualties in World Cup history, on the back of successive Twickenham defeats against Wales and Australia.

And Gatland, whose squad arrived in Weybridge on Sunday evening ahead of next weekend's Pool A decider against Australia, did not hold back.

Everyone is making a thing about the first home country to hold a World Cup to miss out on the quarter-finals, but the stupid thing, as we all know, is why was the World Cup draw done three years ago?

That's just ridiculous as far as I am concerned. If they had followed the football model, then we wouldn't be in this position.

There are other people outside this who need to have a look at themselves and why those decisions were made, and you have got to feel sorry for the people involved and who this has affected

– Warren Gatland

Wales will now go flat out for victory over Australia - they have lost 10 Tests in a row against the Wallabies - knowing that winning the group is set to mean a quarter-final against Scotland or Japan, while progressing as runners-up probably means a last-eight appointment with South Africa.


Swansea draw against Tottenham

Swansea finished 2-2 against Tottenham this afternoon in the Premier League.

A goal from Andre Ayew put the Swans ahead before Christian Eriksen equalised from a free kick.

A Harry Kane goal then restored Swansea's lead on the half hour mark, but was later cancelled out by another from Eriksen.

Garry Monk's men now sit 11th in the table behind Liverpool.

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