Footballer Ched Evans pleads not guilty to rape at Cardiff Crown Court

The 27-year-old played for Manchester City, Sheffield United and Norwich City

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Footballer Ched Evans has pleaded not guilty to rape, at Cardiff Crown Court. 

Evans is charged with one count of rape, alleged to have taken place in 2011.

At the brief hearing, Evans - who was wearing a black suit, white shirt and navy tie - spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea.

The 27-year-old was represented by Kieran Vaughan QC and junior counsel David Emanuel while John Philpotts QC, representing the prosecution, appeared via video link from Mold Crown Court.

The legal hearing took place in front of High Court Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, who said she would be the judge in the trial.

The case, which has been set for October 4th this year, will take place in Cardiff.

A former Wales international, Evans has also played for Sheffield United, Manchester City and Norwich City.