Thousands of supporters for imprisoned footballer Ched Evans are calling for an immediate retrial on social media. But the crime for which he was convicted – rape – is a serious one. Users mus learn that social media is not a platform where posters can blur the boundaries between criminal activity and celebrity culture.
Last week Ched Evans, the leading goalscorer for Championship aspirants Sheffield United, was convicted of the rape of a 19-year old woman: a crime for which he received a five-year prison sentence. Evans’ friend, his team-mate Clayton McDonald, had brought the woman back to a hotel with him: McDonald had sexual intercourse with her, after which Evans did so. It was ruled that the woman was too drunk to have given Evans consent. McDonald was acquitted of the same charge.
Gay footballers. Why don’t they come out? This is a topic that I visited in November 2010, and I don’t wish to sound like a broken record by going over all of that ground now. More importantly, last night’s BBC 3 screening of Britain’s Gay Footballers presents a good opportunity for an update.
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