60,000 sign petition in bid to convince Sheffield United not to re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans [Guardian]

Around 60,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield United not to re-sign former striker Ched Evans upon his release from prison, report The Guardian.

Evans is a convicted rapist after being put behind bars in April 2012 for raping a 19 year old woman at a hotel after a night out in North Wales.

Another footballer, Clayton McDonald, was cleared of the same charge but Evans was handed a five year sentence after it was adjudged that the victim was far too drunk to have offered her consent for the act.

The need for a petition was provoked by the fact that the club were considering re-signing the striker. It states: “To even consider reinstating him as a player is a deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist.

“The message is that men who commit such atrocious crimes will suffer only a small penance whilst the women they attack suffer for the rest of their lives. Sheffield United Football Club must not reinforce that message.”