Sheffield MP and former Sports Minister Richard Caborn claims the Professional Footballers’ Association must take some responsibility for the controversy surrounding Ched Evans’ return to training with Sheffield United.
The former Blade was offered the chance to link up with his former club following his release from prison, having served half of a five-year sentence for rape, after the PFA - the trade union for players - asked for him to be allowed him to use the clubs facilities to train.
The club withdrew from the agreement after a backlash from fans.
Mr Caborn said: “It is difficult for Ched Evans at the moment because he has got his case before the Criminal Cases Review Commission and most people - including Sheffield United - I think were waiting for the outcome of that.
“It was the PFA that asked Sheffield United, as Ched’s last employer, if they would let him come back and use the facilities to train. It was in acceding to that request that everything came tumbling down.
“Had they (Sheffield United) actually held to their original position, that they weren’t going to make a decision until the facts were known - I think that was a credible position to be in.”