Having released a statement earlier in the day via the PFA surrounding the legal aspects of the case, Ched Evans has now chosen to release a second statement specifically addressing the breakdown of his proposed move to Oldham Athletic. The much publicised move from the League 1 club to consider signing Evans was cancelled today following claims and counter claims of threat and intimidation.
Ultimately, it seems money and the worry of upsetting sponsors was the primary reason for Oldham's decision not to offer Evans a contract. In a statement released this evening on his website, Evans apologised to anyone who has been affected by the proposed transfer before going on to blame the 'mob rule tactics' of some of those opposed to his return to football.
I would like to thank the Club, and those who have supported me in my lawful quest to find work. I apologise to the clubs supporters, sponsors and all those effected by the last 72 hours.
Sadly the ‘mob rule’ tactics employed by the more radical elements of our society and the constant media reporting has had the desired influence on some sponsors and the club would face significant financial pressure if I joined them.
Evans further went on address the fact that his move to Oldham could have had a ripple effect for other people who depend on the club's sponsorship revenue.
The most significant issue for me was that owing to the threat of funding opportunities being withdrawn which may jeopardise the building of Oldhams new stand it would mean that workers would lose their jobs and others would be put at risk - that would simply not be fair.
He ends the statement by distancing himself from those who have taken to abusing the rape victim in question on social media.
Finally, it has been claimed that those using social media in an abusive and vindictive way towards this woman are supporters of mine. I wish to make it clear that these people are not my supporters and I condemn their actions entirely and will continue to do so.