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20 April 2012, 15:38
A Sheffield United footballer was jailed for five years today for raping a teenager who was “too drunk to consent” to sex as two of his friends watched and tried to film it on a mobile phone.
Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans was found guilty of raping the then 19-year-old at a hotel following a night out in Rhyl, north Wales, last May.
His co-defendant, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, was found not guilty of the same charge.
A statement from the Sheffield United strikers legal team says "Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the Jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him.
"Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision.
"No further comment will be made whilst the legal process is ongoing."
Sheffield United refused to comment, saying it: " wishes to respond in a responsible way when it has taken sufficient time to consider the matter fully."