Ched Evans’ case could prompt the FA to change its rules on convicted footballers, said FA chairman Greg Dyke.
Speaking to The Star, Dyke said the Football Association does not have the power to stop clubs signing the convicted rapist.
But he said the FA is considering changing its rules on footballers with criminal convictions after the furore surrounding Evans.
Mr Dyke added that Evans ‘should have waited’ until after his appeal to start trying to play football again.
Oldham Athletic were due to announce Evans’ signing yesterday but changed their minds at the last minute over taking on the former Sheffield United striker, who was released from prison in October, halfway through a jail term for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in north Wales.
Evans has since issued an apology for the ‘effect of his actions’ but maintains his innocence.
FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “I think the Ched Evans position is difficult. I think if you look back at it, given that he’s going through appeal, I think it would have been better if he had waited until the appeal was over before signing up to clubs.
“That’s probably what’s going to have to happen now. Obviously if he wins his appeal, it’s a completely different story. If he doesn’t win the appeal, then I think it’s quite difficult for him in this country.
“I can’t see other clubs coming in for him given the pressure that came on Sheffield United, given the pressure that’s come on Oldham.
“Now, whether or not he should be playing football - I mean it’s one of those subjects that splits people down the middle. Some people say it’s rehabilitation of offenders and he should be entitled to it, others say he’s a role model and role models have got to be whiter than white.
“He is, as of now, a convicted rapist.
“I don’t think there’s any point us getting involved in the debate. We were asked to stop his registration but we don’t have the power.
“There’s nothing in our rules and there’s nothing in the law that allows us to do that. Now, should we change those rules?
“We will look at it. But you don’t rush in and change things like that, you think about them, you look at all the implications, because if you’re suddenly going to say that you can’t have anyone with a criminal record playing football, no-one’s really asking for that are they?”