BLADES DI­VIDED OVER DEAL FOR RAPIST CHED

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SH­EFFIELD UNITED are split over whether to re-sign con­victed rapist Ched Evans.

The striker is due out of prison on Fri­day after be­ing found guilty of at­tack­ing a drunk 19-year-old in a ho­tel room in 2012.

The 25-year-old has been keep­ing fit in prison and is thought to have sev­eral of­fers to re­turn to foot­ball.

Club of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers at Bra­mall Lane are di­vided over whether to give Evans a sec­ond chance.

Evans is a proven goalscorer – he bagged 35 in his last sea­son be­fore he was jailed – but the Blades fear a back­lash if they bring him back.

About 140,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the club not to re-sign Evans.

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