Ched Evans’s conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman has been quashed today – but he now faces a fresh trial.The footballer was found guilty in 2012 of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales.
Lady Justice Hallett, one of the country’s most senior women judges, announced she and two other judges were overturning the conviction today.
But she ordered that Evans face a retrial, for which the case will be sent back to a Crown Court.
The former Sheffield United player has been unable to find a new team since his release from prison – but those working with him may seek to convince a club to sign him following today’s decision.
Evans released a statement thanking his girlfriend Natasha Massey for her ‘unconditional love, belief and support’.
His statement said: ‘We all welcome today’s decision by the Court of Appeal… however, there are no winners and no celebration.
‘Ched would like to place on record his thanks to the judiciary for carrying out a detailed process, repaying his faith in the legal system.