Fire threat over club’s Ched Evans talks

Oldham Advertiser - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing after a man threat­ened to ‘burn down’ an Old­ham Ath­letic spon­sor’s build­ing if the club signed con­victed rapist Ched Evans.

The anony­mous call was made to the spon­sor in the days be­fore Lat­ics pulled out of the con­tro­ver­sial deal.

A GMP spokesman con­firmed that the spon­sor re­ceived a threat on the phone on Jan­uary 5. The male caller said the firm’s build­ing in Old­ham would be ‘burned to the ground’ if Evans signed for the foot­ball club.

At the time Old­ham Ath­letic were in on/off talks as to whether to em­ploy Evans

He was re­leased from prison last Oc­to­ber half­way through a five-year sen­tence for rap­ing a woman.

Evans has con­tin­ued to main­tain his in­no­cence over the rape.

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