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People Ricki Lake files for divorce

The former TV personality filed documents to legally end her relationship with the jewellery designer on 16 October (14).According to legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, Lake and Evans separated on 9 October (14). She cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.Lake is willing to pay Evans spousal support in the divorce.This was Lake's second marriage - she ended her 10-year union to artist Rob Sussman in 2003.

The former TV personality filed documents to legally end her relationship with the jewellery designer on 16 October (14).

According to legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, Lake and Evans separated on 9 October (14). She cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

Lake is willing to pay Evans spousal support in the divorce.

This was Lake's second marriage - she ended her 10-year union to artist Rob Sussman in 2003.

Express
31/10
6 Points
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Sports Mario Balotelli HASN'T worked hard enough but Liverpool players trust him - Roy Evans

"Mario is a bit static at the moment and if Daniel gets moving in and around him that could inspire Mario to greater things."Inevitably, Balotelli's goal was overshadowed by other matters. We kept playing, our confidence was there and in the end it paid off with the two late goals."The key was that even when we were behind, we didn't panic, we just kept playing football. The character we showed was so important."It was fantastic for Dejan to score the winner.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans believes Balotelli's nine-game scoring drought, coupled with his notorious lack of work-rate, had begun to raise doubts among the rest of Brendan Rodgers' squad whether the controversial Italian was the answer to the team's attacking problems following the summer sale of Luis Suarez and the injury-enforced absence of Daniel Sturridge.

But Evans believes Balotelli's scoring cameo after coming on as a late substitute to spark the Capital One Cup comeback can kickstart his Anfield career.

Evans has been critical of Balotelli's work-rate since his surprise £16m return to the Premier League from AC Milan in August, but hopes he can now start to win round the sceptics among fans and team-mates.

He said: "The players were starting to lose a bit of trust in Mario, but scoring that goal will hopefully bring that back. I hope it takes him and the team forward.

"He has had a few chances over the last few games, so it was nice to see him put one in the back of the net. That will be good for his confidence and the team's as well.

"His work-rate on the pitch hasn't been good enough. The one thing you must always give as a footballer is 100 per cent."

Evans believes the impending return of Sturridge, who has been out since August, should help Balotelli to raise his game as reports emerge in Italy that Napoli are considering a £12m offer to take him back to Italy in the January transfer window.

"Sturridge's movement is great, he doesn't just stand up there," Evans told talkSPORT. "Mario is a bit static at the moment and if Daniel gets moving in and around him that could inspire Mario to greater things."

Inevitably, Balotelli's goal was overshadowed by other matters. Before the game he was reported to have had a bust-up with Liverpool coach Mike Marsh during the warm-up - an incident denied by the club - and at the final whistle he was involved in an ugly confrontation with Swansea's former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey.

But Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, who also played with Balotelli at Manchester City, insists he still has the backing of his team-mates and will start to make headlines for his football ability rather than his antics after ending his drought with only his second goal for the club.

"For strikers, goals are like food," said Toure. "Mario needs to feed himself by scoring goals. Now he's got that one he will do that now, definitely. Getting that goal will be fantastic for his confidence. He is a great player, he has just been lacking goals.

"Mario is my mate and I've tried to help him like Stevie Gerrard, the manager and everyone else in the dressing room.

"We all know he's a top player. I always tell him, 'You need to get out there and show you are one of the best players in the world'. He is one of the best. He has just been missing goals but they will come now."

Toure insists Liverpool deserved their place in the quarter-finals despite having to wait until the fifth minute of added time for Dejan Lovren to head his first goal for the club. And he says teams are coming to Anfield to try to contain after Liverpool's free-scoring exploits last season.

"When every team came here last season they were pushing forward but not any more," he added. "Now it's different as they are set up just to not concede goals. We can't score four or five like we used to do last season and we're adapting to that.

"You can see the manager changed things a bit tonight and we had more chances to score goals. We kept playing, our confidence was there and in the end it paid off with the two late goals.

"The key was that even when we were behind, we didn't panic, we just kept playing football. The character we showed was so important.

"It was fantastic for Dejan to score the winner. He's a good player and needed that goal for the confidence to come back to him."

Express
30/10
8 Points
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?'Admit rape and stop destroying my daughter's life' Victim’s dad blasts Evans

I don't believe she is that strong."She is having to go from one place to another . What kind of animal is he to sit there in that video and keep on destroying her ?"He's not only raped my daughter but added insult to injury. Everybody seems to be attacking my daughter."The victim's mother died after the rape had occurred and the father , who was separated , did not find out about the attack until later.He added:" She's reliving it all now.

He has spoken out for the first time after the Welsh international striker's protests of innocence sparked a new wave of internet abuse against his victim.

The father, who lives abroad, broke his silence after former Sheffield United forward Evans,25, released a video last week in which he offered no apology.

He showed no remorse and referred to the rape as " an act of infidelity " against his girlfriend Natasha Massey. - the daughter of a millionaire.

The victim, who as 19 at the time of the attack, has been forced to change her name and address because she was identified on the internet despite her right to lifetime anonymity.

The father said yesterday: " She feels hunted. I know that sooner or later, she will break. He has shown no remorse and every time he makes some fresh appeal or comment, he draws attention to my daughter and risks her being identified and found.

"She went into hiding because people were trying to track her down and kill her. There are so many times you can keep changing your name. I don't believe she is that strong.

"She is having to go from one place to another . What kind of animal is he to sit there in that video and keep on destroying her ?

"He's not only raped my daughter but added insult to injury. He still hurting her now that he is out with the things he is saying. Every time she moves, she has to cut with her old friend and make new friends. She is living the life of a prisoner.

Evans was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown court in April 2012 after a jury decided that the girl was too drunk to have given her consent to sex with the player in a hotel room.

The soccer star has always insisted that the sex was consensual and his second bid to appeal the conviction is now being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

But the victim's father added: "All Ched Evans cares about is his career. He doesn't care about what he did or my daughter. He's never shown any remorse - it's just lie after lie which comes out of his mouth.

"It's an insult to my daughter and all the rape victims out there. If you do the crime, you should do the time. Two and a half years is very lenient and he shouldn't go back to his career as if nothing has happened."

The father said he felt he should speak publicly because of Evans's campaign and the controversial comments by TV presenters Judy Finnigan and Michael Buerk on the circumstances of the case.

He said: "Judy Finnigan should not have said the things she said about the rape being non violent. What does she know. She doesn't know my daughter and what she went through on that night.

"Those comments about her having been drinking - which teenager does not drink ? But whatever my daughter did, she did not consent to be raped.

"Michael Buerk is meant to be impartial so he is just adding insult to injury with his comments. Everybody seems to be attacking my daughter."

The victim's mother died after the rape had occurred and the father , who was separated , did not find out about the attack until later.

He added:" She's reliving it all now. It's a nightmare for her. She's living on her own, she never feels secure and she is always suspicious of what's going on around her. She should be with her family instead of moving from one minute to the next.

"She will suffer for the rest of her life and she has to keep moving around. She is in fear of her life. There are people out there on the net who are calling on people to go and do her harm."

He said that he had not told his daughter of his plan to speak out but added:" I am only doing this to protect and defend her. I can't stand back and watch Evans slate my daughter with such lies."

Express
27/10
5 Points
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'He'll never show remorse' Ched Evans' aunt criticises footballer for denying rape

It’s a massive insult to her."She added: "He deserved to go down because he was found guilty."Sheffield United have denied offering Evans a new contract after his release from prison, but have also not ruled out the possibility of him playing for them again.The victim has been repeatedly attacked by trolls on Twitter since the court case, and has been forced to change her name and identity.

Nina Evans, 56, said that the Sheffield United player will "never show remorse" for forcing himself on a drunk teenager.

She told The Sun: "Ched won’t grasp or listen. He won’t admit he’s done wrong. He’ll never show remorse."

Evans has refused to apologise for raping the woman after serving two-and-a-half years in prison for the crime.

Instead, he released a statement insisting the sex was "consensual" and that he had "done nothing wrong".

Evans' aunt, a counsellor who sometimes works with rape victims, said of his denial: "It cut me like a knife. I hoped he’d come to his senses and say the right thing.

"What about his poor victim? It’s a massive insult to her."

She added: "He deserved to go down because he was found guilty."

Sheffield United have denied offering Evans a new contract after his release from prison, but have also not ruled out the possibility of him playing for them again.

The victim has been repeatedly attacked by trolls on Twitter since the court case, and has been forced to change her name and identity.

Express
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Richard and Judy file complaint after troll rape threats

TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan have made a formal police complaint after rape threats were made against their daughter.

Chloe Madeley received threats on Twitter after defending Ms Finnigan, who caused controversy when she described a rape committed by footballer Ched Evans as "non-violent".

The family said they have given police "a substantial amount of evidence".

Evans was jailed for five years in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman.

A statement from the family said: "Following legal advice, our family has now made a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police about cyber-stalking, harassment and, most recently, rape threats made against Chloe on Twitter.

"We have presented the police with a substantial amount of evidence, and they have launched an immediate investigation.

"We will be making no further comment at this time."

Evans has served half of his sentence, and was released last week. On Wednesday he released a video statement in which he said he was "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.

Speaking on ITV's Loose Women about the possibility that Evans could return to professional football, Ms Finnigan said the 25-year-old had "served his time".

She said: "The rape - and I am not, please, by any means minimising any kind of rape - but the rape was not violent, he didn't cause any bodily harm to the person.

"It was unpleasant, in a hotel room I believe, and she [the victim] had far too much to drink."

In a statement after the show, she said she was discussing what should happen to prisoners after their release.

"I absolutely wasn't suggesting that rape was anything other than an horrendous crime," she added.

Reacting to the situation with her own Twitter post, Chloe Madeley, 27, wrote: "To believe my mother is pro 'non violent rape' is ridiculous and I am shocked that so many people have jumped to this conclusion.

"To the trolls wishing rape on me, stop, you are utterly pathetic."

On Sunday Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said that internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws he has proposed.

Evans was not sacked by his club, Sheffield United, when he was sent to prison - but the club allowed his contract to expire in June 2012.

BBC
23/10
0 Points
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I want a second chance, says rapist footballer Ched Evans

Convicted rapist Ched Evans, who was released last week after serving half of a five-year jail term, has said he is ‘determined to continue the fight’ to clear his name.

In a video interview posted on his website, the footballer says he hopes to return to playing the game, adding that his lawyers are taking steps to overturn his conviction.

The former Sheffield United striker, who has always insisted the sex was consensual, admits he regrets his ‘incredibly foolish decision’ to cheat on girlfriend Natasha Massey, who also appears in the clip.

The 25-year-old says: ‘Now that I have served the custodial part of my sentence of two-and-a-half years, it is my hope that I will be able to return to football.

‘If that is possible, then I will do so with humility, having learnt a very painful lesson.

‘I would like a second chance,’ he added.

The release of the two-minute video message came on the day the BBC was forced to apologise over comments by presenter Michael Buerk, who appeared to criticise Evans’ victim for being drunk.

In a Radio 4 trailer, he said neither Evans nor his victim emerged ‘with any credit’ as she was so drunk ‘she could barely stand’.

A BBC spokesman said there was ‘no intention’ to suggest the victim was at fault.

Metro
23/10
12 Points
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VIDEO: Convicted rapist footballer Ched Evans protests he is INNOCENT

The former Sheffield United player admitted cheating on his girlfriend, which he said was "incredibly foolish", but claimed it was consensual.

Evans, who served half of a five year sentence for raping a teenager in a hotel room, added he would be taking his case to the Court to Appeal.

The 25-year-old released a video statement, which also featured his girlfriend Natasha Massey, on his official website today.

In the footage, the ex-Wales international said: "It is public knowledge that an application to refer my case back to the Court of Appeal has recently been submitted to the Criminal Case Review Commission by my lawyers.

"The application seeks to demonstrate that the act I engaged in that night was consensual in nature and not rape.

"I made an incredibly foolish decision and failed those people who trusted and believed in me.

"Most of all Natasha and our families."

Evans was convicted in April 2012 of raping a 19-year-old girl at a hotel near Rhyl in North Wales.

Later that year, he took his case to the Court of Appeal but the decision was upheld.

Evans, who spent two years at Manchester City towards the start of his career, was released from prison last Friday.

He has 13 appearances with the Welsh national squad and said that he hoped he would be able to return to playing football.

Evans said: "It is a rare and extraordinary privilege to be permitted to play professional football.

"Now that I have served the custodial part of my sentence of two-and-a-half years, it is my hope that I will be able to return to football.

"If that is possible then I will do so with humility, having learnt a very painful lesson.

"I would like a second chance but I know not everybody will agree."

Evans, whose girlfriend sat silently by him during the video, also apologised to his partner and his family for the "hurt" he had caused.

He added that their support had kept him "strong" during his time in prison.

Evans said: "It can't have been an easy thing to have stood by someone who the court found guilty of such a destructive act.

"I will be forever grateful even though being released from prison I am determined to continue the fight to clear my name."

Last week Miss Massey, 26, appeared on This Morning and said it had been "heartbreaking" when she found out Evans cheated on her.

She said: "As soon as I found out that he’d been questioned over rape, my instinct was kind of protective of Ched, and I thought I have to stand by him.

"So my thoughts and feelings over the cheating were put to one side and I just stepped in to help him through this terrible time.

"I know Ched and I knew he wouldn’t be capable of committing a crime like that."

More than 150,000 people have signed a petition aimed at preventing Evans being re-hired by his old club United.

Express
22/10
2 Points
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Freed rapist Ched goes shopping

Twisted trolls have now tweeted details trying to expose her new identity.There is no suggestion the campaign is linked to Evans.In 2012, his cousin Gemma Thomas was one of nine trolls ordered to pay his victim compensation for naming her.The Criminal Cases Review Commission is to fast-track an examination of Evans’ conviction. being named 6,000 times on Twitter and verbally abused.She has been forced to move and change her name.

The Sheffield United footballer was out in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, with loyal girlfriend Natasha Massey, 26.

Evans, 25, was released from jail on Friday after two-and-a-half years for his sex attack in a hotel room on a teenager in May 2011.

The victim, now 22, has endured a campaign of abuse and harassment since the court case ? being named 6,000 times on Twitter and verbally abused.

She has been forced to move and change her name. Twisted trolls have now tweeted details trying to expose her new identity.

There is no suggestion the campaign is linked to Evans.

In 2012, his cousin Gemma Thomas was one of nine trolls ordered to pay his victim compensation for naming her.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission is to fast-track an examination of Evans’ conviction.

Express
21/10
15 Points
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Rapist footballer pictured hand-in-hand with girlfriend

Defiant rapist footballer Ched Evans and his girlfriend made their first public display of unity today . The North Wales force said it did not rule out giving the victim another new identity to protect her. The club has said it is yet to make a decision.Ten people have previously been fined for illegally naming Evans’s victim on Twitter but police have refused to say if they are in pursuit of the trolls behind the latest privacy breach.

Defiant rapist footballer Ched Evans and his girlfriend made their first public display of unity today ? as it emerged that his supporters had exposed the new identity of his victim.

The former Sheffield United striker strolled hand-in-hand with Natasha Massey, 26, who stood by him after he admitted cheating on her.

Meanwhile, police said the 22-year-old victim may be forced to change her name after internet trolls blew her cover.

The woman was forced to flee the country and adopt another identity when she became the target of a Twitter hate campaign, following Evans’ conviction for raping her in 2011.

Now that details of her new life have been published online, she may have to start over for a second time.

Det Supt Jo Williams, of North Wales Police, said: ‘The victim in this case has been in regular contact with officers responsible for her care and is receiving appropriate support at this difficult time. She has been fully appraised of all her options.’

Evans, who has refused to accept his guilt, was pictured with Massey in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, following his release from prison last week.

The 25-year-old, who said the victim had been drinking and consented to have sex with him at a hotel near Rhyl in Wales, was set free after serving half of his five-year sentence.

An inquiry into his case is being fast-tracked by the Criminal Cases Review Commission after a vocal campaign from his supporters.

But more than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for Sheffield United ? where he scored 48 goals in 113 games ? not to give him his old job back. The club has said it is yet to make a decision.

Ten people have previously been fined for illegally naming Evans’s victim on Twitter but police have refused to say if they are in pursuit of the trolls behind the latest privacy breach. The North Wales force said it did not rule out giving the victim another new identity to protect her.

Metro
21/10
8 Points
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Ched Evans: cheating on my girlfriend was unforgivable but I am innocent

Just days after he was released from jail, the former Sheffield United striker - who served two and half years of a five year sentence for raping a teenager in a hotel room - was embroiled in new controversy.

In an interview conducted just prior to his release, but made public for the first time yesterday, the 25-year-old told how it had been "unforgivable" to have cheated on his girlfriend Natasha Massey.

But with respect to the actual crime he was convicted of by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court two years ago, he showed no remorse and maintained he had broken no law.

He told a Sunday newspaper: "It was something that should never have happened.

"I cheated on my girlfriend and had sex with this girl - but it was definitely consensual."

He added: "I am determined to prove my innocence.

"I really thought it would have been thrown out of court and I was stunned when I was convicted.

"I had done nothing wrong."

A statement posted on Evans' website from his family and girlfriend also stressed he would "continue the fight to clear his name".

It added: "Chedwyn Evans maintains his absolute innocence and his family, friends and many who know the true facts of the case believe that his conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice."

Evans' highly controversial case is now due to be fastracked into review by the Criminal Case Review Commission.

The "substantive" investigation into his rape conviction is expected to take place "within the next few weeks".

If the review goes in Evans' favour, his conviction could potentially be overturned, as the CCRC has the authority to direct cases to the Court of Appeal.

A CCRC spokesman explained: "In line with our published policy on prioritisation, and in relation to the facts of the case and the issues raised in Mr Evans' application to us... we now expect our substantive investigation to begin within the next few weeks.

"The decision to prioritise the case simply brings forward the starting point of the investigations to decide whether or not there may be grounds for us to refer the case to the court of appeal.

"It does not in any way represent a judgment by the commission as to the merits of the case or its chances of being referred."

Last night, Katie Russell, spokeswoman for the charity Rape Crisis charity, branded the player's words harmful and insulting to his victim, for whom she said he had never shown any regard.

"His protestations of innocence and sympathy only for his girlfriend are insulting, harmful and hurtful - not only to his victim, but also to the countless other victims of sexual violence out there," she said.

"He has never taken a moment's responsibility for his crime nor shown any regard for the terrible impact it has had on her."

The former Sheffield United player's release last week sparked a fierce debate over whether he should be allowed to return to his highly paid role as a footballer.

Many Blades fans have called for Evans to be rehabilitated but almost 151,000 people have signed an online petition urging the Bramall Lane club not to welcome him back.

TV presenter Judy Finnigan sparked further controversy by claiming Evans' crime was "non violent" and did not cause "bodily harm" during a panel discussion on ITV's Loose Women.

Her comments caused a wave of criticism, abuse on social media and also sparked threats against her daughter, fitness instructor Chloe, wishing rape on her.

Evans was jailed in April 2012 for the rape in Rhyl, North Wales.

The footballer admitted having sex with the woman but she told the jury she had no memory of the incident.

The prosecution said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald also admitted having sex with the victim but was found not guilty of the same charge.

An appeal against Evans' conviction was rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in 2012.

Over the weekend, Sheffield United dismissed reports that the club has offered a new contract to Evans as "false and damaging".

In a statement, the club rejected the report as "speculative" media coverage, adding: "An article in The Sun (on Saturday) that Sheffield United has offered a contract to former player Ched Evans is false and damaging to the club.

"We have made a statement on this matter previously and the lack of credibility and substance from this latest media report does not warrant any expansion from previous comments apart from noting that we are continuing to deliberate on any long-term decision about Ched Evans."

TV presenter and Sheffield United patron Charlie Webster, who revealed in an interview earlier this year she was sexually assaulted as a teenager, said she will quit her role with the club if they re-sign Evans.

She said: "You will have young people cheering him on when he scores a goal.

"Not under my name, under my club or community.

"He says he is innocent, he has shown no remorse."

She was immediately branded a "hypocrite" by Evans' sister Kylie, who retweeted a message in which the sports presenter posted last month saying she wanted to get a photograph of former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

He was convicted of rape in 1992 after an incident the previous year and subsequently served three years of a six-year sentence.

Miss Webster, 31, later said she was now "not proud of" her Tyson tweet.

Evans' girlfriend, Miss Massey, has long led a campaign to have his conviction overturned.

Express
20/10
4 Points
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EXCLUSIVE: 'I’ll quit if my club brings back rapist', says Charlie Webster

Webster, who has said that she was sexually assaulted as a teenager, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "You will have young people cheering him on when he scores a goal. Not under my name, under my club or community."

Welsh international Evans, 25, was released from jail this week after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel.

Miss Webster, who is a member of the Justice Ministry's Victims' Panel, set up to improve the treatment of those suffering domestic violence and sexual abuse, added: "He says he is innocent, he has shown no remorse.

"I feel like it is my duty and responsibility to stand up to this.

"Very few people would be able to walk back into the same job as they did before being a convicted rapist."

Her comments immediately drew a furious reaction from the striker's sister, Kylie, who retweeted a message the Sky Sports presenter posted last month saying she wanted to get a photograph of former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

She highlighted a tweet Miss Webster posted on September 10 that read:

"Just bumped into Mike Tyson in the hotel lobby as I was randomly talking about him! I chickened out on asking for a photo...damn."

She then tweeted: "This is the same Charlie Webster that's just threatened to leave United. Hypocrite."

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 after an incident the previous year and subsequently served three years of a six-year sentence.

Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.

A spokesman for Sheffield United said they were still deciding whether or not he will ever play for them again.

However, the League One club yesterday moved quickly to deny reports they have offered him a two-year contract worth more than £500,000.

Many Blades fans have called for him to be rehabilitated, but 150,000 people have signed an online petition urging the Bramall Lane hierarchy not to welcome him back.

However, Wales manager Chris Coleman appeared to leave the door open for Evans to play again for Wales.

He refused to rule out selecting the striker following his release from prison.

But Coleman doubts Evans will be close to a return to international football for at least 12 months after a potential return to football.

He said: "There's a petition out that he shouldn't be allowed to play football again but others say that if he was a carpenter or a plumber then he would be allowed to carry on with his career.

"I would have to sit down with him and then meet with the board.

"I've never met Ched so I don't know him.

"But he was found guilty of a horrible crime so it's a horrible situation to be in.

"If Ched comes back and finds a club then that's a serious and long conversation that I need to have with him before we make a decision.

"It's not a five-minute chat given the seriousness of what happened.

"Normally a manager picks the best players for the squad but this is different."

In a bizarre twist, it emerged that Evans, if selected for Wales, could line up against another convicted rapist in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium next month.

Injury-ravaged Belgium could turn to Ilombe Mboyo, 27, once part of a notorious Brussels street gang who was jailed for eight years for his part in a gang rape of a 14-year-old girl when he was aged 17.

Express
19/10
10 Points
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'He's coming home': Sheffield United fans chant in SUPPORT of Ched Evans

Dozens of supporters voiced their support for the 25-year-old as the League One side took on Bradford away from home.

 

Fans could be heard chanting "he's coming home, he's coming home, he's coming - Chedwin's coming home" before kick-off.

A number of fans also told reporters that they would welcome back Evans, who served half of a five-year term for raping a 19-year-old in a hotel room.

Discussing the possible return of the Welshman, one Sheffield United fan told Sky News: "Absolutely. No doubt about it.

"There are other players who have done crimes and come back."

Another said: "I'd have him back if we weren't paying over the odds."

While a female fan added: "There are two sides of every story."

Reports on Twitter also claimed the chants in support of Evans continued inside of the Coral Windows Stadium.

Evans left Lancashire's Wymott Prison in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He was jailed in April 2012 for raping a teenager in Wales.

More than 150,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Sheffield United not to reinstate Evans as a player.

Today Sheffield United responded to claims that they had offered Evans a contract as "false and damaging".

Co-chairmen Kevin McCabe and Jim Phipps said they had not made a decision on whether to re-employ Evans.

They said: "An article in The Sun today that Sheffield United has offered a contract to former player Ched Evans is false and damaging to the club.

"We have made a statement on this matter previously and the lack of credibility and substance from this latest media report does not warrant any expansion from previous comments apart from noting that we are continuing to deliberate on any long-term decision about Ched Evans."

Express
19/10
3 Points
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Ched Evans released from prison as MP says return to football is 'not appropriate'

A silver Mercedes 4x4 was seen pulling up outside Wymott Prison near Leyland, Lancashire just before 5am.

A man was seen getting into the back of the car which had blacked out windows and the vehicle left in a matter of seconds.

The Welsh international striker was jailed in April 2012 for raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.

The 25-year-old striker's release will pile more pressure on his former club, Sheffield United, to say whether he will be allowed to play for them again.

Some of the team's fans have called for him to be rehabilitated, but almost 150,000 people have signed an online petition urging the Bramall Lane club not to welcome him back.

Labour sports spokesman Clive Efford said it was "not appropriate" for Evans to return to professional football after his release.

Mr Efford told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think there are many areas of employment where, when you've committed a crime like that, you are not allowed to be employed in that form of employment, and I think football is one of them, because you are a role model within a community.

"I know this is sad for Ched Evans, who's been to prison and paid a price, but I think that in these circumstances it's not appropriate to have someone with that record in a profession where you are idolised by young people."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the owners of Sheffield United should "think really long and hard" before deciding whether to allow Evans back.

Mr Clegg said footballers were role models to youngsters and that should "weigh heavily" on the club's owners.

Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg said: "I don't think it's right for politicians to tell football clubs what they will do and who they employ. 

"All I'm saying is I think football players these days, they get paid a lot of money, they are public figures and you can't ignore that."

Richard Caborn, the former sports minister and Sheffield United fan, said Evans should be allowed back only if he shows remorse and says sorry.

Sheffield United have not yet revealed whether they will allow Evans to play again.

Manager Nigel Clough has said: "We have had one or two discussions, we are awaiting a decision and the owners will make that in good time."

The footballer denied the offence but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

He admitted having sex with the victim, but the woman told the jury she had no memory of the incident.

The prosecution said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald also admitted having sex with the victim but was found not guilty of the same charge.

An appeal against Evans's conviction was rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in 2012.

His girlfriend, Natasha Massey, has led a campaign to have the conviction overturned.

Evans's case is due to be looked at by the Criminal Case Review Commission in the coming weeks.

Miss Massey has reiterated her support for her partner telling ITV's This Morning that she put her feelings about his "cheating" to one side to support him through his trial and prison and she said she has visited him every week in prison.

She has said that Evans hopes to play professional football again.

Evans scored 48 goals in 113 games for the Blades before his imprisonment, including 35 in 42 games during the 2011/12 campaign which was cut short for him due to his trial and conviction.

He has been capped 13 times for Wales.

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Sports Ched Evans: Footballer released from prison after rape sentence

Evans maintains his innocence and will make a "very personal and profound" statement on his website  next week. Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been released from prison after serving half of his five-year sentence for rape. But Blades manager Nigel Clough said he had held talks with club officials about the possibility of Evans returning. A statement on his website on Friday said he would continue to "fight to clear his name".

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been released from prison after serving half of his five-year sentence for rape.

The 25-year-old was found guilty in April 2012 of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in May 2011.

Evans maintains his innocence and will make a "very personal and profound" statement on his website  next week.

Almost 150,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield United not to take the Wales international back.

But Blades manager Nigel Clough said he had held talks with club officials about the possibility of Evans returning.

Evans left Wymott Prison, near Leyland in Lancashire, in a car at about 05:30 BST on Friday.

United signed the player for £3m in 2009, but released him the month after he was convicted of raping a woman at a hotel near Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Evans denied the offence, but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

A statement on his website on Friday said he would continue to "fight to clear his name".

It said: "Chedwyn Evans maintains his absolute innocence and his family, friends and many who know the true facts of the case believe that his conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice.

"Next week Ched will make a very personal and profound statement by video. Ched is now adjusting to normal life after serving a sentence for a crime consistently denied."

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said last week that Evans should be allowed to continue his career after his release.

And Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield on Wednesday: "We've had one or two discussions and the owners will make a decision on it.

"It is above a football level. If he comes back then we [the coaching staff] will decide whether to play him or not."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg urged the club's owners to "think really long and hard" before re-signing Evans.

Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: "When you take a footballer on, you are not taking just a footballer these days, you are also taking on a role model."

Richard Caborn, former sports minister and ex-MP for Sheffield Central, said Evans must "show remorse and say sorry" before he can be considered for a return to playing professionally.

Former Manchester City forward Evans, capped 13 times by Wales, scored 48 goals in 113 games for the Blades before his imprisonment.

Jill Saward, who was raped in the notorious Ealing Vicarage  case in 1986, believes allowing Evans to play professional football again would send out "a totally wrong message".

"We don't want young people being influenced by icons or celebrities who have a past like this," Saward, a high-profile victim of crime campaigner,  told BBC Breakfast.

"I'm not saying he can't do anything in football but I don't think he should be playing."

Christopher Stacey, director of reformed offenders' charity Unlock,  argued on Breakfast that Evans deserves a second chance.

"There is a difference between condoning his behaviour and giving him a job," said Stacey.

"People like Ched Evans have to go somewhere. They are back in the world and we have to find a way of reintegrating them.

"Ultimately people have to be the best at the job they are going for and that's a decision Sheffield United have to make as an employer."

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