Ched Evans Expresses Regret but Denies Rape

Sentenced to five years in prison - in 2012, former Sheffield United player Ched Evans was released on bail and he maintained that he had consensual sex and did not rape a 19-year-old woman.

updated: October 19, 2014 19:23 IST
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London: Convicted rapist Ched Evans expressed "regret" Sunday over his actions but insisted he had not committed a crime as he spoke out for the first time since his release from prison.

Evans was released on Friday after serving half of his five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel, with Sheffield United widely criticised for considering the possibility of allowing the 25-year-old to resume his career at his former club.

Many Blades fans have called for Evans to be rehabilitated but almost 150,000 people have signed an online petition urging United, who play in English football's third-tier League One not to welcome him back.

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