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Ched Evans released from prison following rape sentence

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 guilt in April 2012 of raping a 19 year-old woman in a hotel in 2011.

Evans' release was widely expected this week and has been extensively discussed in the British media. Almost 150,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-sign the Welsh international and on Monday television presenter Judy Finnigan drew online criticism for suggesting Mr Evans should be allowed to continue his career.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the club's owners to think "long and hard" before making a decision while United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield on Wednesday: "We've had one or two discussions and the owners will make a decision on it."

Evans has 1 goal in 13 appearances for Wales and had 42 goals in 103 appearances for Sheffield United prior to his conviction.


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