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Blades withdraw offer of training facility for Evans

Sheffield United have decided to withdraw their offer to let former player Ched Evans train with the club due to the reaction it received.

The Blades last week controversially decided to accept the request of the Professional Footballers' Association to allow the convicted rapist to train using the club's training facilities.

Yet the announcement provoked considerable public outcry, with several well-known celebrities standing down as club patrons, while Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill said she would want the stand named after her at Bramall Lane to be removed if Evans were to be re-signed by United.

The criticism has prompted the club into a rethink as they said in a statement: "Sheffield United Football Club has decided to retract the opportunity for its former player, Ched Evans, to use the club's facilities for training purposes, as was previously intended.

"The club initially accepted a request from the PFA for Ched Evans to be able to train. The reaction to this has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced."

"Members of the Board have consulted dispassionately with the club's supporters, vice presidents, Community Foundation members, executives, staff, sponsors and other relevant stakeholders in order to help it reach this decision."