Former Sheffield United footballer has been found not guilty of raping a woman in a hotel room. It has been a legal battle for some years
The jury gave their verdict at the end of a re-trial in Cardiff Crown court October 14.
In the meantime, Ched Evans has signed one-year contract to join the League One side Chesterfield.
Chairman Dave Allen said: “Chesterfield Football Club have given a great deal of thought to this signing and following the court’s decision, we are in no doubt that Ched Evans should be welcomed back into his profession as a professional footballer.”
Ched Evans said: “I am very excited and privileged to be resuming my career at Chesterfield and I hope to make a valuable contribution both on and off the pitch for the football club, the fans and the community.”
Evans was convicted in April 2012 of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in Rhyl, north Wales. He was released from prison in October 2014 after serving half of his five-year sentence. He had virtually stopped playing football professionally.
The Welsh footballer issued an apology for the “effects” of his actions in 2011 but continues to maintain his innocence
His efforts to get back into the game were met with controversy blocking his return to football.
Ynuk.tv got this reaction from fans after the footballer’s release
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