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Ched Evans verdict: how Twitter reacted

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Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys was one of the many high-profile names to give their reaction to the Ched Evans verdict on Twitter.

Evans was originally sentenced to five years in prison in April 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old waitress at a hotel in Wales in 2011.

He was released in October 2014 after serving half his sentence and a year later saw his case go to the Court of Appeal after the Criminal Case Review Commission decided new evidence demanded another trial.

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In April of this year, he saw his conviction overturned ahead of a retrial in October, by which time he was already turning out for Chesterfield scoring four goals in eight appearances.

And last Friday, Evans was found not guilty of rape at his retrial leaving him clear to return to football and to action with The Spireites.

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Evans statement 

The 27-year-old took to his website to release a statement expressing his gratitude at his release saying: "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.

"I want to stress that I absolutely disassociate myself from anyone who names on any forum the woman in this case. Or makes any offensive comments about her.

"Everyone associated with the past five years now has the right to move on with their lives and I wish no ill will to anybody."

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Understandably, the whole sorry affair surrounding Evans has thrown up a strong reaction on Twitter with many questioning the court's decision to bring up the victim's sexual history, while others believed Evans deserved an apology after being wrongly convicted in the first place.

Reaction 

Here's how some journalists, footballers and celebrities took to the social media site to express their views on the Evans case.

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