Statement on Oldham Athletic Football Club and Ched Evans

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, is calling on Oldham Athletic Football Club not to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Tony said: “Oldham Athletic Football Club should not sign Ched Evans.

“Ched Evans is a convicted rapist and, whilst I strongly believe in the principle of rehabilitation, it will send out entirely the wrong message if they offer him a contract.

“All offenders have the right to rebuild their lives and make amends after they have served their sentence, but Ched Evans’ lack of remorse and failure to acknowledge his offence means it is simply inappropriate for him to be on a Greater Manchester football pitch week in and week out presenting himself as some kind of role model, especially to young people.”