Ched Evans

It has been reported that League One football team, Oldham, has been negotiating a new contract with convicted rapist, Ched Evans.

Having previously stated that they have no plans to take on the former Sheffield United player, it has been revealed that the team has been in contact with the 26 year-old again.

Evans has served half of a five year sentence handed to him after he was found guilty of raping a 19 year-old woman in 2011. He has been trying to return to playing professional football since his release in October 2014.

The striker’s former club was initially going to take him back but retracted their offer after receiving backlash from fans, sponsors and ambassadors.

Should Oldham take on Evans, this would be the second time they have signed a player who has served a prison sentence after signing Lee Hughes in 2007, who served three years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

An online petition against Oldham signing Evans gained over 5,000 signatures in 90 minutes. Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester in November, club chairman Simon Corney commented that he believes people should be given a “second chance”.

“I believe in the law of the land and my understanding is Ched went away and did his time in prison,” he said.

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