Sheffield United striker Ched Evans charged with rape
Sheffield United and Wales forward Ched Evans has been charged with rape.
The 22-year-old was arrested in relation to an incident in Rhyl on May 31. The striker, born in nearby St Asaph, will appear before Prestatyn magistrates on August 8.
The player’s legal representatives made a statement on the Blades’ official website.
The statement said: “We wish to confirm that Ched Evans has this week been charged with an offence of rape by the North Wales Police. Ched has decided voluntarily to make this information public as he wishes to express his extreme shock and disappointment at having been charged with this offence, particularly given the evidence upon which the charge has been brought.
“Ched wishes to place on record that he strenuously denies the charge and will defend it vigorously in order to clear his name. Whilst he unfortunately cannot comment further on the evidence forming the basis of the charge, he is confident that when it is contested before a Court by his legal team, he will be acquitted and entirely vindicated.”
The club said it would not be commenting again until the outcome of the legal process.
A North Wales Police spokesperson said: “A 22-year-old man from Crewe and a 22-year-old man from Rhyl have both been charged with rape.
“Both men were arrested on suspicion of rape on 31 May and were charged with the offence on Tuesday, 26 July.
“Both have been bailed to appear before Prestatyn magistrates on Monday, 8 August.”