Blades chief angry over Evans exit

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Published: Friday 21st November 2014 by The News Editor

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Sheffield United co-chairman Jim Phipps is “angry and upset” that the club have been forced to retract their offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the Blades.

The League One club were asked by the Professional Footballers’ Association last week to let their former striker use the club’s facilities in order to aid his rehabilitation following his release from prison last month.

However, their decision to agree was met by public furore with a number of club patrons stepping down and Sheffield Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill saying she wanted her name taken down from the stand named after her if the Blades offered Evans a deal.

That led to the Blades doing a U-turn on Thursday and retracting their offer, though Phipps insists footballers should be entitled to the same right of rehabilitation as other offenders.

“I’m angry that we are not able to get a chance to do for this footballer what should be done,” he said.

“I’m upset that we are not able to do what we wanted to do, but I acknowledge that my view is not the only view.

“My principles and the board’s principles are not the only thing that matter.”

Published: Friday 21st November 2014 by The News Editor

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