SHEFFIELD United has launched an investigation into comments made on a social networking website by reserve-team player Connor Brown after striker Ched Evans was jailed for rape.
The club said an ‘internal investigation’ is underway after Brown, 19, responded to his team mate’s five-year prison sentence by posting his support for Evans on social networking site Twitter.
Evans, aged 23, was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court last Friday after being found guilty of raping a teenage girl who was ‘too drunk to consent’.
In a swearing rant on Twitter, Brown called the rape victim a ‘money-grabbing little tramp’. The posts have since been removed.
Today the club said: “Sheffield United confirm an internal investigation is underway into social media comments made by reserve-team player Connor Brown following the verdict in the Ched Evans trial.
“The club is aware of a very serious matter regarding comments made through the Twitter account of one of its players. As a result we have launched an inquiry.”
A complaint was made to North Wales Police by rape charity End Violence Against Women coalition.
A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: “We are aware of some comments made on social media sites and we are collating all relevant information.”
The investigation also follows the illegal naming of the victim on social networking websites. Victims of rape are entitled to lifelong anonymity by law.
Comments about the woman, who was raped in a hotel room by Evans, are being investigated by police. They have been condemned as ‘profoundly disturbing’ by the charity.
Director Holly Dustin said: “Those who have named her have been reported to the police for committing a criminal offence.
“This raises serious questions about the adequacy of the criminal justice system to deal with offences that occur online and we are calling for an urgent review of laws and practices.
“We want to see football clubs take a strong stance against sexism in the sport.”