I’m writing on behalf of the Stop Ched Evans campaign in response to your headline on Monday, September 29, “Let My Ched Play.”
We were pleased and grateful that the Star published the arguments of the Stop Ched Evans campaign in an article on September 11, “Sheffield United bosses urged against re-signing Ched Evans”.
Our letter-writing campaign urging local businesses and charities to use a template letter to write to the club comes on the back of a massive petition on the same subject. More than 65,000 people have signed it so far. The Stop Ched Evans campaign do not object to someone returning to work after serving a prison sentence but we are particularly concerned with this case because Evans has shown no remorse for his actions.
In addition, despite some arguments to the contrary, it is clear that footballers hold a special place in many people’s hearts and are seen as role models to vast numbers of young people.
What sort of message does it give to them that Sheffield United lets an unrepentant rapist walk straight back into a job where he is held up as an example to others?
Sheffield United must think very carefully about the implications of a decision to re-employ Ched Evans, not just for their own reputation, but that of the city too. And since one in three women are victims of domestic abuse and rape, they must also bear in mind the victims of such vile crimes.
If anyone would like to join our campaign and receive a template letter to send to the club then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for anyone who is curious, we are anonymous out of necessity due to threats of abuse. I’ll leave you to make your own judgement on why that might be.
On behalf of the Stop Ched Evans Campaign