Sheffield United’s Community Foundation has distanced itself from the Ched Evans row, saying it would be ‘disappointing’ if a decision ‘it has no involvement in’ hampered its charity work.
The foundation has released a statement in the wake of patrons Charlie Webster, Lindsay Graham and Dave Berry stepping down from the foundation over the club allowing convicted rapist Evans to train at United.
The statement in full said: “The Sheffield United Community Foundation is a charity which works in the areas of sport participation, education, health and social inclusion. Over the last eight years The Foundation has worked with tens of thousands of children and young people throughout the communities of Sheffield.
“The Foundation is managed independently from Sheffield United Football Club and would like to reiterate that they have no involvement in any decisions made by the Football Club. The Foundation serves the community of Sheffield and, in particular, the many children engaged with the programmes they deliver.
“The Foundation would like to thank trustees, partners, staff, patrons, volunteers and friends who continue to support in the aim of delivering programmes for the benefit of others. The Foundation would also like to thank the out-going patrons and acknowledge their decision.
“It would be disappointing if the very successful work The Foundation delivers is hampered by a decision they have had no involvement or influence in.
“Beyond this statement, the Foundation has nothing to add.”
The Star Editor’s opinon: No way back for Ched Evans