Dyke breaks silence over Evans case


Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says there is “no basis” for the governing body to intervene in the case of convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Evans blamed ‘mob rule’ for his move to Oldham collapsing on Thursday and for the first time apologised to the woman he was found guilty of raping. However the former Sheffield United striker still maintained his innocence.

Shadow sports minister Clive Efford has urged the FA to cancel Evans’ playing registration.

Dyke, speaking for the first time about the Evans situation, said: “Rape and sexual violence are abhorrent and unacceptable. This cannot be overstated.

“We have reviewed the Ched Evans case in some detail at the FA and we have examined both the legal requirements and our rules and regulations and there is no basis for us to intervene directly in this particular case.

“That said it is important that we continue to look at the issue of behaviour and attitudes within football, and recognise the unique privileges and responsibilities that come with being a participating member of the national game.

“I would encourage the game to consider and discuss this matter and the prospect for future guidelines or codes of conduct. The FA will certainly be considering it in line with our own ongoing review of what constitutes public or private communications and behaviour.”

Published: Friday 9th January 2015 by The News Editor

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