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Review body to investigate Ched Evans rape case

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has said it is to begin investigating the Evans case "within the next few weeks".

A spokesman for the body, which reviews possible miscarriages of justice and has the power to refer cases to the Court of Appeal, told the Observer newspaper that representations had been made by the footballer's legal team to prioritise the case.

He told the paper that after the request "in line with our published policy on prioritisation, and in relation to the facts of the case and the issues raised in Mr Evans's application to us ... we now expect our substantive investigation to begin within the next few weeks".

He added that the decision to fast-track the case had no bearing on whether it may be referred to the appeal courts.

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Ched Evans: I am not capable of rape

Convicted rapist Ched Evans has vowed to prove his innocence and return to football.

Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans arrives at Caernafon Crown Court Credit: PA Archive

The 25-year-old footballer, who was released from prison on Friday having served half of a five-year sentence for raping a woman in a hotel room, told the Sunday Mirror shortly before he was freed that he was not capable of rape and was stunned by his conviction.

He said cheating on his girlfriend was "unforgivable", and wished he "could turn back the clock".

But protesting his innocence, the former Sheffield United player said: "I am not capable of rape. She has helped me to cope. I want to play football again, but I am determined to prove my innocence.

“I really thought it would have been thrown out of court and I was stunned when I was convicted.I had done nothing wrong.

"It was something that should never have happened. I cheated on my girlfriend and had sex with this girl - but it was definitely consensual."


Bravery needed to beat Stoke - Monk

Swansea boss Garry Monk says his players will need to be brave if they are to beat Stoke at the Britannia Stadium later.

Monk will be without England international Jonjo Shelvey, who's suspended after picking up 5 yellow cards. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Monk's side have enjoyed a good start to the campaign and currently sit fifth in the table, level on points with Manchester United.

However, they go into today's game winless since the end of August and on the back of two league draws against Newcastle and Sunderland.

Stoke is never an easy place to go and we know we have never won there in the Premier League...They (Stoke) try and play football but they still have that direct aspect of their game, which makes them dangerous. We have to go there with belief and impose ourselves on the game.

– Garry Monk, Swansea Manager

Monk should have a strong squad to pick from, but will be without the suspended Jonjo Shelvey and Leon Britton, who's still out with a long term injury.

Spanish defender Angel Rangel though returns from his ban.

Lincoln 1-1 Wrexham (FT)

Wrexham couldn't hold on to their half time lead against Lincoln. Final score Lincoln 1-1 Wrexham.

Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Newport County (FT)

Chris Zebroski left it until the closing minutes of the game to score for Newport County giving them an away win against Dagenham and Redbridge. Final score Dagenham and Redbridge 0-1 Newport County.


Cardiff 2-1 Nottingham Forest (FT)

Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Russell Slade chalked up his first victory as Cardiff manager with a 2-1 win at home against Nottingham Forest. First half goals from Federico Macheda and Peter Whittingham put the Bluebirds ahead at half-time and it was only late in the second half that Britt Assombalonga managed to pull one back for the visitors.

Cardiff 2-0 Nottingham Forest (HT)

Goals from Federico Macheda and Peter Whittingham put the Bluebirds are 2-0 up against Nottingham Forest at the City Stadium at half time.

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