Sheffield United footballer guilty of rape

Ched Evans burst into tears upon hearing the guilty verdict.

A Sheffield United footballer has been jailed for five years for raping a 19-year-old woman. 

Welsh international Ched Evans, 23, was convicted by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of attacking the teenager at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Evans had been co-accused with Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, who was acquitted by the court.

Both men admitted having sex with the woman on 30 May 2011, but said it was consensual.

Evans is one of Sheffield United’s leading goal scorers for the season, having scored 35 goals for the club.

UPDATE: A statement issued by Sheffield United said: “The Club recognises the seriousness of these events and as such wishes to respond in a responsible way when it has taken sufficient time to consider the matter fully.”

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