Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clegg: Rapist Footballer Shouldn't Play for Club

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Clegg: Rapist Footballer Shouldn't Play for Club

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

CONVICTED rapist Ched Evans should not be allowed to play football for his former club and should consider moving abroad, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today.

He said Sheffield United must "think long and hard" before taking back the Welsh international, who was imprisoned for "an incredibly serious offence".

Mr Clegg, a Sheffield MP as well as Lib-Dem leader, said he would not have let Evans train with the club because players were role models.

He spoke out as the club's main sponsors John Holland Sales said they may end their contract if the 25-yearold is re-signed. TV presenter Charlie Webster was one of three patrons of the club to resign yesterday.

Sheffield United has made no decision on whether to sign Evans but he will be allowed to return to training following a request from the Professional Footballers' Association. Mr Clegg said: "Maybe he could play for a club abroad for a while before coming back. …

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