Ched Evans: Don't drink because "there are genuine rapists out there"

The Welsh striker returns to Sheffield United next season

Ched Evans: Don't drink because "there are genuine rapists out there"

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Last week, Ched Evans re-signed for Sheffield United.

The Wales international was released from his original contract after he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2012. He was sentenced to five years in prison for the offence.

The 28-year-old only served two-and-a-half years of the sentence and had his conviction quashed. Following a retrial in October 2016, he was found not guilty.

Last summer he returned to professional football, signing for Chesterfield. Evans scored five league goals last season. That earned him a return to Bramall Lane.

Speaking to The Times about his return to Sheffield United and acquittal, Evans has warned women to be careful on nights out as "there are genuine rapists out there".

"I just think that people need to be aware of the issues around consent and how a charge can come about,” Evans told journalist David Walsh.

"If a drunk man sleeps with a drunk woman, there is only one person that could be charged and that is the man. A lot of work needs to be done in relation to consent because I definitely think that the police have an agenda to find ways to charge people and the easiest one is the drunk one."

“I also think that women need to be made aware of the dangers they can put themselves in because there are genuine rapists out there who prey on girls who have been drinking."

Evans also admitted that he felt the woman who accused him of rape and himself both suffered in recent years. "I feel like we were both victims", he concluded.