A deal has been agreed for Ched Evans to play for Oldham Athletic

  Forum Editor 18:16 07 Jan 15

says the BBC website

So, that's all OK is it? A man who has steadfastly refused to show an ounce of remorse for what he did, has failed to apologise, and insists that he 'did nothing wrong' even though he was convicted of rape by a jury is a suitable candidate as a sporting role model is he?

  Belatucadrus 18:31 07 Jan 15

I still don't see why he was released, his refusal to accept responsability for his actions would seem a prime reason for making him serve the whole tarif. It would appear to be fiscal suicide by Oldham, one sponser has already said they'd part company with the team if they hire him and a significant chunk of the fan base is less than happy.

  Forum Editor 18:34 07 Jan 15


One sponsor (Verlin Rainwater Solutions) has withdrawn its support as a result of the announcement.

  mole1944 18:43 07 Jan 15

He is unemployable in any sports,no remorse shown at all for his actions,i'm with you F.E.on this one.

  Al94 18:44 07 Jan 15

Juries have convicted innocent people in the past. There has to be at least a possibility that is why he shows no remorse.

  spider9 20:42 07 Jan 15

I believe his case is presently with an appeal commission, looking at the evidence on which the conviction rests. Perhaps this is why he has given no apology - he may still be found not guilty - (and make an idiocy of any 'regret' he might have issued ?). If he still believes in his own innocence, then he cannot be expected to say 'sorry', surely?

In those circumstances my view would be that the FA should bar him pending the result of that appeal. If the conviction were overturned he would then, obviously, be allowed to play again, if upheld then he should not be allowed.

  john bunyan 20:55 07 Jan 15


Good post- I agree with you.

  carver 21:02 07 Jan 15

I'm of the opinion that he has served his time and that is it, as stated he is appealing his conviction and after the evidence that has come forward that wasn't allowed at the trial he could be found not guilty or at least a retrial ordered.

What would your opinion be then if he is found not guilty, he will have served a prison term even thought he may have done no wrong.

He has never denied having sex with her and it's not the first time she had accused other men of raping her.

Or is it a case of mob rule, it isn't all that long ago that these people were considered guilty

  Quickbeam 21:02 07 Jan 15


In which case he should have lain low until the appeal has been heard.

  Quickbeam 21:18 07 Jan 15

The interested clubs should have held back, as if he isn't cleared, then he remains found guilty, and they will have a double yolked egg on there faces.

He's has complained that he shouldn't be prevented from being able to resume his previous career, yet there are dozens of professions and jobs that he would never again be able to resume. Teaching, policing, health care, school janitor, taxi driver, pool attendant to name but a few. Even in his football club, he won't be able to take part in any of the club activities that involve any interaction with under 18s.

Then there is the poor business decision off Oldham Athletic that has split the fan base and lost valuable commercial sponsors. Didn't they realise that that alone was the reason that Sheffield United dumped him? They might well have rode the storm to retain him as a player, but not at the cost of losing sponsors.

  spider9 22:14 07 Jan 15


"..should have lain low..."

He was trying to make his living; much better that the FA should have had the courage to say he couldn't play pending the appeal.

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