PLAY­ERS GET­TING NICE AND BRIGHT

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jamie Holt

BRIGHTON have be­gun train­ing their young male and fe­male play­ers about the law and ethics sur­round­ing sex­ual con­sent as part of a project dubbed ‘Pro­tect, In­form, Pre­vent’.

Play­ers are re­quired to take part in con­fi­den­tial ques­tion and an­swer ses­sions about their pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters with a for­mer po­lice de­tec­tive and a psy­chother­a­pist.

Striker Chike Kandi, 19, who signed a two-year devel­op­ment con­tract with Brighton in Oc­to­ber, said: “They nar­rowed that grey area be­tween con­sent and not con­sent.

“They nar­rowed it down to one mo­ment, or one point, in an in­ter­ac­tion when you can def­i­nitely ask the ques­tion and if the an­swer is ‘yes’ it’s okay, and if the an­swer is ‘no’, you back off.”

For­mer Sh­effield United striker Ched Evans was con­victed of rape in 2012, but still main­tains his in­no­cence.

Old­ham at­tempted to sign the 26-year-old fol­low­ing his re­lease from pri­son, but a na­tion­wide back­lash saw them pull the plug on the deal.

In 2013 four Brighton play­ers were found not guilty of sex­ual as­sault and voyeurism charges at the Old Bai­ley af­ter a 19-year-old woman claimed to have been as­saulted at a ho­tel in the town two years pre­vi­ously.

LEARN­ING: Chike Kandi

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