Cameron: Ched deal is up to club

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PRIME Min­is­ter David Cameron ex­pects that any foot­ball club con­sid­er­ing hir­ing con­victed rapist Ched Evans will “weigh their de­ci­sions very care­fully”, Down­ing Street has said.

Evans’s fu­ture hangs in the bal­ance, with Old­ham Ath­letic still in talks on whether to sign the 26-year-old player af­ter a mooted deal sparked protests.

The League One club’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil Joy said there will be no an­nounce­ment for the time be­ing, but did not rule out tak­ing the for­mer Sh­effield United star on.

Asked whether Mr Cameron thought Evans should be given a new footballing con­tract, the PM’s spokesman told re­porters: “His view hasn’t changed (from) ... the time when there were re­ports around Sh­effield United.

“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 clubs and em­ploy­ers will weigh their de­ci­sions very care­fully.”

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