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Clubs must decide over Evans, says Prime Minister

By Andrew Woodcock

Prime Minister David Cameron expects that any football club considering hiring convicted rapist Ched Evans will "weigh their decisions very carefully", Downing Street has said.

Evans' future hangs in the balance, with Oldham Athletic holding back from a decision on whether to sign the 26-year-old ex-Sheffield United player after a mooted deal sparked protests.

Asked whether Mr Cameron thought Evans should be given a new footballing contract, a No 10 spokesman said: "Ultimately, it is for employers to take decisions, but the Prime Minister does think that footballers are role models and he is sure that any potential would-be clubs and employers will weigh their decisions very carefully."

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