Steve Bruce believes that convicted rapist Ched Evans should be allowed to return to professional football.
According to BBC Sport the Hull City manager insisted that if people look at the case rather than seeing Evans as a convicted rapist then they would agree the former Sheffield United and Wales striker has strong grounds for appeal.
Bruce was speaking after Evans's prospective move to Oldham Athletic fell through due to the League One club coming under extreme pressure and members of the senior staff receiving death threats.
He said: "I might be upsetting people but there is a question of the rape and how he's been convicted by a jury.
"I might be upsetting people but there is a question of the rape and how he's been convicted by a jury"
"It has divided opinion of course and when you look at the case in detail and, I don't think most people have really, because they have just seen Ched Evans as a convicted rapist, when you do look at the case and look at the evidence then certainly Ched has got a case."
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Bruce's backing for the striker comes in the same day that FA Chairman Greg Dyke stated that the FA were powerless in intervening in the prospect of Evans returning to professional football.
Dyke believes the FA could introduce "future guidelines or codes of conduct" to help deal with possible similar cases to that of Evans's in the future. Bruce becomes the second Premier League manager to give their backing to Evans's desire to return to professional football.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp also backed Evans' potential return to football, stating that "Everyone deserves a second chance."
Redknapp believes that Evans should be allowed to get on with his life now that he has done his time and part of that would be to return to the profession he was a part of before his conviction. The Rangers manager was speaking before Oldham pulled out of the deal to sign Evans when they had said they was an 80% chance of the striker signing.
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