Chesterfield striker Ched Evans could receive an enormous compensation fee following Friday's court verdict.
Back in 2012, the footballer was originally found guilty of attacking and raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room but this conviction was quashed in April.
After a retrial at Cardiff Crown Court which lasted ten days, he was yesterday acquitted and found not guilty of the same charge and he could be set for a huge pay-off as a result.
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Per The Independent, the 27-year-old, who is currently earning around £20,000-a-week, can expect "up to £1 million in compensation". He was initially sentenced to five years in prison and was released in October 2014 on the back of serving half of that sentence.
Evans now has grounds to expect a seven-figure recompense based on his age, the loss of income he's suffered as a consequence of the entire process and the time he spent behind bars.
His representative stated: "If compensation is coming to Ched then that would be justified."
What happens next?
Evans, who's scored four goals in seven games for Chesterfield this season, has the possibility (however slim) of restarting his professional career and, prior to this four-year scandal, the Welshman represented his country on 13 occasions, scoring one goal.
However, the same cannot be said for the woman who accused him of abusing her. The complainant must now attempt to rebuild once again under the security of a lifetime witness protection order.
As you can imagine, Evans' verdict caused an uproar on social media and another highly controversial football figure in Joey Barton was among those to share his opinion on the subject.
The 34-year-old midfielder, who himself remains suspended by his club Rangers, tweeted: "Ched Evans found not guilty but how does he get his reputation and his career back? Shambles."
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