Evans scores on return after jail term

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LONDON: Former Wales striker Ched Evans, who spent two years in prison only to have his rape conviction quashed, scored on his return to football on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

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Evans scored for third-tier English league club Chesterfield in a 3-0 pre-season friendly win at nearby seventh-tier side Ilkeston.

The 27-year-old played 59 minutes, scoring and setting up the opener.

His last match was for Sheffield United in April 2012.

Evans was jailed and sentenced for five years in 2012, being released in 2014, for raping a 19-year-old woman. The Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in April.

He will go on trial again for alleged rape in October and has pleaded not guilty.

The forward penned a one-year deal with Chesterfield in June.

The Spireites lost a sponsor just days after signing Evans. The company in question said it did so “in light of recent events”.

In the 2011-2012 season Evans — capped 13 times for Wales — scored 35 goals in all competitions for Sheffield United, then in the third-tier League One.

AFP

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