Sheffield United bosses urged against re-signing Ched Evans

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Firms across Sheffield are being urged to write to Sheffield United bosses expressing concern at speculation that the football club could re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Evans, of Millhouse Green, Penistone, denied the offence but was found guilty.

Some 65,000 people have signed an online petition urging Sheffield United not to re-employ the striker, and now a campaign group from Sheffield has started writing to firms in the city asking them to all send a letter to United co-chairmen Kevin McCabe and James Phipps objecting to Evans playing for Sheffield United again.

Firms are receiving a letter template to add their name to and send off.

It says: “Footballers are role models for young people and it would give out a very negative message about attitudes to women if Evans is seen to be welcomed back as though nothing has happened.

“I do not object to people returning to work having carried out their sentence. However, given the high profile of footballers, particularly with young people, and the fact that Evans denies the offence, has shown no remorse, nor taken any responsibility for his actions, it would be wrong for him to return.

“I would like the Board of Sheffield United to consider their responsibility to the fans – both to young people and to their families – and the reputation of the city of Sheffield.

“It is not appropriate to re-employ Evans at Sheffield United at this time under these circumstances, and I respectfully request you make a decision to that effect.”

Evans was convicted of rape in April 2012 and has maintained his innocence during his time behind bars.

He is challenging his conviction.

Sheffield United officials have met Evans in prison but have never confirmed that he is due to re-sign.