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Ched Evans's rape conviction

Nine people have each been ordered to pay a rape victim for revealing her name on social networks after footballer Ched Evans was convicted of raping her at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.

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Ched Evans to appeal rape conviction

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 the 19-year-old woman, who was 'too drunk to consent'.

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.

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