Ched Evans releases statement after Oldham deal breaks down

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Ched Evans has finally broken his silence as he attempts to find a path back into professional football, with the former Sheffield United striker expressing his regret for "that night in Rhyl."

Evans has dominated the news once again this week as it appeared he was close to agreeing a move to Oldham, who were keen to acquire the services of the convicted rapist.

However, this proposed deal collapsed on Thursday afternoon after several of Oldham's sponsors had threatened to sever their ties with the club, which later prompted Evans to release a statement alongside the PFA.

Evans said: "I do remain limited at present by what I can say due to the ongoing referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and whilst I continue to maintain my innocence, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise for the effects that night in Rhyl has had on many people, not least the women concerned.

"Finally, it has been claimed that those using social media in an abusive and vindictive way towards this woman are supporters of mine.

"I wish to make it clear that these people are not my supporters and I condemn their actions entirely and will continue to do so."

The move to Oldham had appeared almost a forgone conclusion, despite those contesting it, with the club's owner claiming on Wednesday that there was an 80 percent chance of Evans signing.

Evans was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012 for a rape charge but was released after serving half of that sentence in October 2014.

Since then, the former Wales international has been looking for a professional club in order to get his life and his playing career back on track, but this is has met extreme opposition.

The striker had been training with former club Sheffield United at the request of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) before the Blades withdrew the offer due to opposition from fans and sponsors.

Olympian Jessica Ennis had stated that she would want her name removed from the stand in her honour at Bramall Lane had they re-signed Evans.

Meanwhile, following news of a potential deal with Oldham, 24,000 locals had signed a petition against the Latics signing Evans but the club looked determined to bring the player to Boundary Park.

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