FULL STATEMENT: Ched Evans ‘extremely grateful’ as rape conviction quashed

Ched Evans has said he is ‘extremely grateful’ after his rape conviction was overturned by senior judges this morning.

An initial statement released on his campaign website singled out Sheffield United supporters for their ‘support, encouragement and belief’.

Ched Evans

Ched Evans

But this was subsequently taken down and replaced with a shorter statement thanking his legal team and family and friends.

FULL STATEMENT:

“Ched Evans is extremely grateful that the Court of Appeal has ruled that his conviction for rape was unsafe and should be quashed.

“He wants to thank his lawyers, Kieran Vaughan QC and David Emanuel of Garden Court Chambers, London and Shaun Draycott of Draycott Browne Solicitors, Manchester, for their hard work and commitment in relation to the CCRC application and the appeal, as well as his partner Natasha, their families and friends and all those members of the public who have offered him support throughout.

“No further statement will be made as it is acknowledged by Mr Evans that the legal process has not reached a final conclusion and there will be further hearings of significance on dates to be fixed in due course.”