Sunderland woman’s rights campaigner slams Sheffield United over allowing convicted rapist Ched Evans to return

Claire Phillipson of Wearside Women in Need
Claire Phillipson of Wearside Women in Need
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A WOMEN’S rights campaigner today slammed Sheffield United’s decision to allow former player and convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the club.

Welsh striker Evans, 25, was freed last month after serving half of a five-year jail sentence for raping a woman and maintains he is innocent.

Ched Evans

Ched Evans

Olympic medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill says she wants her name removed from a club stand if United offer Evans a contract.

Three club patrons have also resigned while one of the South Yorkshire club’s sponsors has said it will pull out of a deal if he signs.

Director of Wearside Women in Need, Clare Phillipson, today urged them not to offer him a new contract.

“Ched Evans does not have an ordinary job,” said Ms Phillipson.

“He is a role model and he has shown absolutely no contrition for what he did. He’s had one appeal turned down and he maintains he’s innocent, so he can’t possibly be rehabilitated.

“He hasn’t shown one shred of remorse. You wouldn’t let a convicted sex offender teach in a school, so he shouldn’t be given a new contract.”

Ms Phillipson added that she is concerned for the welfare of Evans’ victim.

“Above all in this I have sympathy with the victim. She’s had disgraceful abuse, what does that say about society?”

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