SHEFFIELD United star Ched Evans has been charged with rape but the shocked striker says he will strenuously deny the allegation and fight to clear his name, writes James Shield.
It followed a statement from the club confirming that an employee faced legal proceedings.
Matthew Bennett, Evans’ solicitor and agent, contacted officials at Bramall Lane and issued a response, saying: “We wish to confirm that Ched Evans has this week been charged with an offence of rape by the North Wales Police.
“Ched has decided voluntarily to make this information public as he wishes to express his extreme shock and disappointment at having been charged with this offence, particularly given the evidence upon which the charge has been brought.
“Ched wishes to place on record that he strenuously denies the charge and will defend it vigorously in order to clear his name.
“Whilst he unfortunately cannot comment further on the evidence forming the basis of the charge, he is confident that when it is contested before a court by his legal team, he will be acquitted and entirely vindicated.”
The club statement said: “Sheffield United Football club has been made aware of legal proceedings involving one of its employees. The club will be making no statements on this matter during the course of these proceedings.”