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Owners will make Evans decision - Sheff United boss

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says the decision to potentially re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans is above football.

Evans is set to be released on Friday, having served half of his five-year sentence, and has been linked with a return to his former employers.

Clough confirmed the club have talked about bringing back the striker, who they signed for £3million in 2009, but that no decision has been made.

Ched Evans was a Sheffield United player before his imprisonment. Credit: PA

"We have had one or two discussions, we are awaiting a decision and the owners will make that in good time," Clough said.

"I have been involved in decisions, but it is very much a decision for the owners and when the time is right to say something as a club we will do that.

"It is that sort of decision - it's above football level."

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Police probe death threats to banned RL player Flower

Great Manchester Police are investigating after being alerted to death threats made to banned Wigan rugby league player Ben Flower Credit: PA

Greater Manchester Police is investigating death threats made to banned Wigan rugby league player Ben Flower in a series of abusive messages on Twitter.

The remarks, directed to Flower from a single account yesterday evening, included comments that the 26-year-old Welsh international "deserves to be shot" and that his "last days are approaching".

Flower was sent off in Saturday's Super League Grand Final for punching St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia while he was motionless on the ground just two minutes into the Grand Final.

He was banned from the sport for six months yesterday.

Great Manchester Police stated on Twitter: "We've been made aware of abusive social media activity about the Rugby League Grand Final. Please be reassured that we are looking into this."


Ben Flower given six-month ban for Hohaia punch

Wigan's Ben Flower has been handed a six-month ban for punching Lance Hohaia of St Helens in Saturday's Super League Grand Final, the Rugby Football League has announced on Twitter.

Football fans urged not to storm pitches during qualifiers

Welsh football fans have been warned not to invade football pitches during upcoming European qualifiers.

Police say fans risk hefty penalties and a ban from attending football matches if they run onto the field of play.

Wales’s win over Andorra in September was marred by several invaders who ran onto the pitch shortly after Gareth Bale scored the winning goal.

Gareth Bale playing for Wales against Cyprus Credit: PA

Jonathan Williams, 25, from Aberdare broke a number of advertising signs whilst trying to clamber onto the pitch. Williams has today been issued with a four year football banning order as part of an ongoing investigation into the incident.

I hope the banning order issued today sends out a clear message that similar behaviour will not be tolerated at matches.

Whenever there is evidence of football-related disorder or violence we will always pursue those responsible to ensure appropriate action is taken. The overwhelming majority of Welsh fans are well-behaved and passionate about their team and their behaviour both at home and away games is usually excellent.

The expectation is for the atmosphere at these games to be family-friendly and we work closely with the Football Association of Wales to keep the troublemakers away.

– PC Christian Evans, South Wales Police


FT: Wales 2 - 1 Cyprus

David Cotterill celebrates Wales' opener. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Wales survived Andy King's dismissal early in the second half to maintain their unbeaten start in Euro Qualifying and remain top of Group B.

The Leicester midfielder was sent off just two minutes after play resumed, but first half goals from David Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu were enough to secure all three points for Wales.

A Vincent Laban free kick proved only a consolation for Cyprus, who slipped to their second defeat in two games.

HT: Wales 2 - 1 Cyprus

Hal Robson-Kanu scored Wales' second. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Wales go into the break leading 2-1 against group rivals Cyprus in their Euro Qualifier.

Birmingham City's David Cotterill opened the scoring for the home side, before Hal Robson-Kanu, the man brought into the side for tonight's match, doubled their advantage.

Cyprus reduced the arrears just before the break though - Vincent Laban's free kick bypassing Wayne Hennessey in the Wales goal.

Wales team to play Cyprus announced

Hal Robson-Kanu comes in to play behind Simon Church Credit: ITV Wales News

The Wales starting line-up to play Cyprus has been announced, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming in to play alongside Gareth Bale behind lone striker Simon Church.

Wales are looking to go three games unbeaten in their Euro Qualifying group tonight. Kick off is at 7:45 at Cardiff City Stadium.

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