Ched Evans' chances of playing professional football took a hit today as it was confirmed that Oldham Athletic would not sign the convicted rapist.
It had looked like the former Sheffield United man's return to the game was imminent, but Oldham appeared to change their minds despite previously insisting they were 80% sure of signing the striker.
The Oldham U-turn appears to be heavily linked to members of the Oldham board receiving death threats, should they go through with offering the controversial figure a career lifeline.
The striker's potential return to football has attracted extreme opposition, with a large proportion of football fans believing that a convicted rapist shouldn't be allowed to return to a position where he could be considered a role model.
Over 20,000 local residents and fans had signed a petition against the Latics signing the striker, with their wishes eventually met.
Oldham's decision not to sign Evans will not only disappoint the former Wales international because he thought he had found himself a club. Other club's who would have considered signing Evans have been made to think again by the extreme reaction Oldham have received, not to mention sponsors pulling out of the club left right and centre.
Evans' chances of playing professional football are, particularly in this country, now minimal as Oldham's short association has already tarnished the club's name and has seen senior board members receive disgusting threats involving family members.