British PM David Cameron urges caution over Ched Evans

British Prime Minister David Cameron waded into the debate about convicted rapist Ched Evans on Tuesday, warning clubs to "weigh their decisions very carefully" before attempting to sign the striker.

AFP| Updated: Jan 06, 2015, 21:57 PM IST
British PM David Cameron urges caution over Ched Evans

London: British Prime Minister David Cameron waded into the debate about convicted rapist Ched Evans on Tuesday, warning clubs to "weigh their decisions very carefully" before attempting to sign the striker.

English third-tier club Oldham Athletic have sparked an outcry after confirming that they are considering signing the 26-year-old former Wales international, with 35,000 people signing a petition against the move.

Evans was released from prison in October after serving half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman at a North Wales hotel in May 2011.

Asked for Mr Cameron`s thoughts on the issue, his official spokesman told reporters: "His view hasn`t changed (from) ... the time when there were reports around Sheffield United (signing Evans).

"Ultimately, it is for employers to take decisions, but the Prime Minister does think that footballers are role models and he is sure that any potential would-be clubs and employers will weigh their decisions very carefully."

Speaking on Monday, Oldham chief executive Neil Joy confirmed that his club were holding internal talks about whether to sign Evans.

Meanwhile, Britain`s Press Association reported on Tuesday that Oldham and British players` union the Professional Footballers` Association (PFA) were planning to release a joint-statement on the matter.

Evans`s former club Sheffield United allowed him to train with them last year at the request of the PFA.

But they withdrew their offer in November after a backlash from fans, sponsors and club patrons, with over 165,000 people signing a petition against it.