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Ched Evans verdict: Joey Barton reacts on Twitter

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Chesterfield striker Ched Evans has been cleared of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Evans, 27, was previously convicted of raping a teenager, who was deemed too drunk to consent and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in April 2012.

However, Evans was eligible for release after serving half of the sentence. He maintained his stance and pleaded his innocence, and in the latter part of 2013 he recruited a new legal team in an attempt to clear his name.

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Now, after submitting fresh evidence, a 12-member jury panel consisting of seven women and five men passed the verdict clearing him of all charges, following a two-week trial.

In a statement read out on Evans' behalf, he said: "In the early hours of 30 May 2011, an incident occurred in north Wales that was to change my life and the lives of others forever. That incident did not involve the commission of a criminal offence and today I am overwhelmed with relief that the jury agreed.

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Evans statement 

"I would like to thank my legal team... for their tireless efforts upon my behalf.

"Thanks go, too, to my friends and family; most notably my fiancee, Natasha, who chose, perhaps incredibly, to support me in my darkest hour.

"Whilst my innocence has now been established, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question."

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After a turbulent period in his life, the forward will now be hoping to get his career back on track. Evans signed for League One outfit Chesterfield back in June but has had to endure a great deal of abuse from rival fans ever since. 

As you can imagine, with Evans' name now cleared, there has been quite the reaction on social media. Joey Barton, who has been through a number of ups and downs throughout his career, has documented his feelings on Twitter. 

Here's what he tweeted: 

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