Ched Evans: Timeline of case as footballer has rape conviction overturned

The 27-year-old footballer's 2012 conviction for rape was today overturned by judges sitting in the Court of Appeal 

Hardeep Matharu
Thursday 21 April 2016 15:17 BST

As footballer Ched Evans’ conviction for rape is overturned by the Court of Appeal, here is a timeline of the key developments in his case:

May 2011:

Father-of-one Evans is arrested in north Wales.

July 2011:

Evans is charged with raping a 19-year-old woman.


Evans is convicted of rape following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court, in Wales, in which he maintained his innocence throughout. He is sentenced to a five-year term.

May 2012:

Evans is released by his club, Sheffield United, at the end of the season.

Ched Evans with his girlfriend Natasha Massey outside the Court of Appeal today (PA)

November 2012:

Evans loses his appeal against the conviction at London’s Court of Appeal.

August 2014:

An online petition is launched urging Sheffield United not to re-sign Evans.

October 2014:

The former Wales international is released from prison after serving half of his sentence and states his desire to return to football.

November 2014:

Then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, says Evans should not let him train with Sheffield United.

The father of the woman Evans was accused of raping complains to the attorney general about a website set up in support of the now 27-year-old ex-striker.

Sheffield United confirms that Evans will resume training with the club.

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill says she will ask Sheffield United to remove her name from the Bramall Lane stand at the club’s ground if it offers Evans a new contract.

Sheffield United then announces its decision to retract the offer for Evans to train with the club.

December 2014:

Oldham Athletic denies offering Evans the chance to train with the club.

Ronnie Moore, manager of Hartlepool United, announces he would like to sign Evans. A day later, the club releases a statement on its website saying it has no plans to recruit him.

Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012 (GETTY IMAGES)

January 2015:

The Ministry of Justice says Evans will not be able to resume his football career with an overseas club after Maltese side Hibernians said they wanted to sign him on a deal until the end of the season. The ministry says strict conditions imposed on convicted sex offenders “effectively rules out working abroad”.

It is revealed that Evans is in new talks with Oldham Athletic about joining the club. A potential signing does not materialise after sponsors say they would cut ties with the club if Evans was signed.

The Attorney General’s office orders an investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) into whether a website set up to support Evans is in contempt of court for allegedly identifying the woman Evans was convicted of raping.

May 2015:

The CPS rules that there is “insufficient evidence” for criminal charges to be brought in relation to the website.

October 2015:

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) refers Evans’ case to the Court of Appeal after it says new evidence has come to light.

April 2016:

Court of Appeal quashes Evans’ conviction and orders a retrial.

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