FSF statement: Ched Evans

FSF statement given to Press Association on Tuesday 6th January:

There is no clear consensus from fans one way or the other - this is clearly a very divisive issue in society, not just among supporters.

Some fans argue that footballers convicted of offences such as rape should never be allowed to play professionally again as it is such a serious crime.

Other supporters say that once an individual is released from prison, they should be allowed to pursue their previous career so long as the law of the land allows it.

Even if Evans has the right to play, some fans say they would still feel uncomfortable at the implications of a convicted rapist representing their club.

The FSF's democratically-elected National Council meet on Sunday 18th January and will discuss the issues that this case has raised in further detail.