Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ched Evans

If Ched Evans had been a brickie or a bin-man, he would have, after paying the price for his crime, been able to slip back into work without any publicity. Conversely, if he had been a Manchester United or England regular he could have ridden out the storm. He is in the public eye but not rich or famous enough to quiet the mass media. As a result he is being punished twice.

I sympathise with both Nigel Clough (manager of Sheffield United) and Chris Coleman, the Welsh manager. Both would surely prefer to judge whether to reinstate him on footballing grounds. Coleman's position is more awkward: with Sam Vokes out through injury, Wales has no obvious centre-forward choice and Evans could have been a strong competitor for the position.

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