The Professional Footballers’ Association has called on the football world to give Ched Evans a chance in the wake of Sheffield United’s u-turn.
The PFA has issued a statement after the Blades announced it would reverse its decision to allow the convicted rapist to train with the club, which initially came from a request by the PFA.
The body said it ‘hoped’ Evans would be ‘given an opportunity at another club’ but that it was ‘not surprising’ that United changed its mind.
In full, the statement said: “We note Sheffield United’s decision to retract the offer they made to Ched Evans for him to return to training with the club.
“It is not surprising given the subsequent delay in his return as the matter was debated and understandably strong opinions were aired.
“We fully understand and respect the opposing views to Ched’s return to Sheffield United and clearly part of the issue related to him returning to the club he was previously with at the time of his imprisonment. With that in mind, it may ultimately be of benefit to both parties to move on and for Ched to look for a fresh start at a different club.
“We maintain our general position that the courts determine punishments and a return to society and a contribution to the community through employment is a key element of rehabilitation.
“We do not agree that society should impose different rules for footballers which go beyond the position of the law. In that regard, it is hoped that Ched will be given an opportunity at another club to return to the job he is trained to do.”
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United’s original statement on November 11: Sheffield United: Club statement on Ched Evans’ training return in full.