Former Sheffield United forward Ched Evans could claim £1 million in compensation after loss of earnings if his conviction of rape is overturned.
Evans was released from prison in mid-October of this year after serving half of his five-year sentence - the 25-year-old had his appeal fast-tracked by the Criminal Cases Review Commission after insisting his innocence.
And according to the Daily Star, the former Wales international could receive £1 million due to loss of earnings whilst he was in jail, should his appeal prove successful.
Evans was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old girl in a Rhyl hotel back in May 2011. The ex-Manchester City player has since admitted to having sex with the teenager but claims it was totally consensual.
Clayton McDonald (currently under contract at Southport), an ex-City teammate and personal friend of Evans, also admitted to having sex with the same girl but was cleared of all charges.
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After an original appeal against Evans' conviction was turned down two years ago, the CCRC revisited the case in July of this year after an investigator who had been working on Evans' behalf expressed "concerns about the conviction".
Russ Whitfield, an ex-police detective who runs Liberton Investigations, asked for the case to be referred back to the Court of Appeal.
"We are aware of the sensitivities surrounding this case but every opportunity must be explored to ensure justice is done for all parties" said Whitfield.
After the CCRC confirmed the fast-track appeal had been successful, a spokesman for the public body said it was "due to a strange combination of things" but reiterated "it is not because he is a footballer, or because he is famous".
And a representative of the Ministry of Justice added: "Ched Evans remains on the sex offenders list and is not free.
"He is subject to strict Parole Service supervision and guidelines throughout the remaining part of his sentence."
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