Oldham Athletic chief executive Neil Joy says the club had to pull out of a deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans due to the potential financial impact it would have on the club.

The striker and his representatives had been in talks with the League One club, but the media attention led to 'unbearable pressure' on those at Boundary Park.

Joy also confirmed that death threats had been made against fans, staff and sponsors connected to the club.

It has been widely reported that Oldham Athletic will not be signing Ched Evans, which we can now confirm.The whole issue has divided opinion and the Club has been put under unbearable pressure as a result.

Oldham Athletic statement