CARDIFF, Wales (AP):A former English Premier League player was found not guilty of rape yesterday following a retrial, ending a five-year case.Ched Evans, a Wales international who has played for Manchester City and Sheffield United, wept and hugged his fiancee after the verdict was given at Cardiff Crown Court.The 27-year-old Evans admitted to having sex with a teenager in a hotel in north Wales in May 2011 but always insisted it was consensual. He was convicted of rape in April 2012 and released from prison after serving half of his five-year sentence.The rape conviction was overturned in April following an appeal.A jury of seven women and five men found Evans not guilty following three hours of deliberations after the eight-day trial.Evans and his partner stood outside court with supporters as his solicitor read a statement on behalf of Evans.”That incident did not involve the commission of a criminal offence,” the statement said, “and today, I am overwhelmed with relief that the jury agreed.”Thanks go, too, to my friends and family,” it added, “most notably my fiancee, Natasha, who chose, perhaps incredibly, to support me in my darkest hour. Whilst my innocence has now been established, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question.”Evans plays for third-tier club Chesterfield, who signed him in June despite a public outcry when he attempted to return to professional football with other clubs while his appeal was being heard.
Anthony Molloy, the man that skippered Donegal to their first ever All-Ireland title has claimed that Michael Murphy is the county’s greatest ever player. He also believes that Donegal will continue to challenge for major honours as long as they have their inspirational captain fit and available for selection.Molloy himself would be regarded by many as one of Donegal’s greatest, and the likes of Martin McHugh, Tony Boyle and Karl Lacey have also had incredible careers. However, Molloy believes Murphy is the pick of the bunch, and that he was back to his brilliant best when Glenswilly defeated Kilcar in the Donegal SFC.Molloy told The Irish News, “I do know that he injured his ankle badly playing against my own club Ardara.“I know for a fact that ankle injuries are hard to shrug off and I think that it might have affected his free-taking as well. I think we saw the real Michael Murphy in the county final.“He is the greatest Donegal player of all time and he has taken Glenswilly to where they are and that is not disregarding his team-mates. “When you have probably the best player in the country on your team and he clicks on the day it is very hard to see who is going to beat you.”Anthony Molloy – “Murphy is Donegal’s greatest ever player” was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)