Sheffield United have launched an investigation into comments made by defender Connor Brown on Twitter in relation to the Ched Evans rape trial, the club has said.
North Wales police say that anyone who insults the woman at the centre of the Ched Evans rape case will be "dealt with robustly."
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Evans said that when criminal offences are identified the offenders will be "brought to justice."
– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Evans
I would advise people who post such status and tweets to consider the implications of their action and those who add comments to appreciate that they may be condoning such behaviour and contributing to the continued trauma upon this young woman.
Police are investigating reports that the rape victim in the Ched Evans trial has been named on social networking sites.
North Wales police have said they are "aware of reports of comments on social media sites and are collating all relevant information."
National charities, Rape Crisis and End Violence Against Women, have said that the alleged naming is "profoundly disturbing" and raises "serious questions" about the "adequacy" of the justice system and whether it can cope with offences committed online.
Legislation is currently in place that ensures all victims of sexual abuse are protected by lifetime anonymity and those who do name them are breaking the law.
Wales footballer Ched Evans has been jailed for five years for raping a teenager who was "too drunk to consent." The 23-year-old who also plays for Sheffield United was told by the judge that he has "thrown away a successful career''.
Clayton McDonald's legal team said in a statement published on Port Vale FC's website:
"Clayton McDonald has maintained his innocence from the start and is relieved at his verdict.
However, he is very upset and disappointed regarding the verdict given to his lifelong friend, Ched Evans, whom he will continue to support in any way possible.
Clayton would like to thank his family, friends, the staff and fans of Port Vale Football Club and his legal team for their continued support."
DCI Steve Williams from North Wales Police said: " I would like to pay tribute to the courage of the victim in this case who has shown a great deal of resilience and strength in very difficult circumstances.
"I sincerely hope that the guilty verdict will provide some closure on this horrendous ordeal for the victim and that she will be able to rebuild her life which was shattered by the events of 30th May 2011"
"No-one is above the law and I welcome the conviction."
Nita Dowell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said:
“The Crown Prosecution Service respects the verdicts of the jury in relation to both defendants.
– Nita Dowell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service
Ched Evans took advantage of a vulnerable young woman who was in no fit state to consent to sexual activity. He did so knowingly and with a total disregard for her physical or emotional wellbeing.
It is a myth that being vulnerable through alcohol consumption means that a victim is somehow responsible for being raped. The law is clear; being vulnerable through drink or drugs does not imply consent.
– Statement on behalf of Ched Evans
Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the Jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him. Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision.