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Should Ched Evans return to professional football?

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In light of the new evidence coming forward surrounding his conviction, we at Football League World are asking for your opinion on whether Ched Evans should return to football.

Evans, 26, was released from prison last year after serving half of his five-year sentence for raping a woman in a hotel in 2012.

In an attempt to return to football, the striker tried to join his previous club, Sheffield United, but caused uproar with sponsors threatening to pull out of the club if a deal was finalised.

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After the first attempt failed, Evans was close to signing a deal with League One side Oldham, but a petition of over 170,000 signatures against the proposed deal, made the Latics cancel the transfer.

It has recently been announced however that his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman has now been referred to the Court of Appeal after new evidence came forward which would have strengthened Evans’ defence in the original trial in 2012.

BUT, should he be allowed to return to football? Underneath the poll are some reasons that may be able to make your decision on the matter.

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YES

He has served his time in prison, so why can’t he be allowed to start a new career? There is no law that prevents people who have served their time for a crime they have committed from getting on with their life.

The Court of Law took into account the nature of the crime and he has been convicted by a court of law, served his punishment and the criminal justice system has deemed that it is appropriate to allow him to return to the community.

NO

A convicted rapist should not be idolised. Ched Evans is a role model for young, aspiring footballers and by clubs willing to employ him, sends a dangerous message about sexual offences.

Even though he spent time in prison, he did not complete the initial five and half year sentence and still vehemently denies that he raped the woman, so can he really have been rehabilitated if he denies what he has done?

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