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Statement: Oldham Athletic pull out of Ched Evans deal over financial impact

Ched Evans is starting to look for a new club. Photo: PA

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.

Proceeding could have placed significant financial pressure on the Club and continued to be a divisive influence. As a consequence the deal could not go ahead.

As a Club we condemn all crime including rape and irrespective of any appeal procedure it was always the case that we were prepared to withstand the barrage of abuse that is evident within the country and on social media.

We deplore and condemn the vile and abusive threats, some including death threats, which have been made to our fans, sponsors and staff whilst this process has been in the public domain.

Finally, we would like to place on record our gratitude to all who have supported the club during this difficult period, including the Club staff, who have retained their focus throughout and in addition to Ched and his team who have acted with professionalism at all times.

We understand Ched has released his own statement on his website.

The club will not be making any further statement on this matter.

– Oldham Athletic statement

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