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Lawyer's views on Ched Evans rape taken off website

By Damian Spellman

A lawyer who suggested rapist Ched Evans could be innocent has defended his views after they were removed from the website which first published them.

The Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland's (PFAI) solicitor Stuart Gilhooly, who also said the former Sheffield United striker deserves a second chance even if he is guilty, detailed his views in an article posted on the association's website.

Mr Gilhooly's comments were removed and while he insisted that he had no problem with the decision, he stood by the views.

He said: "It was not taken down at my behest, but was removed with my consent. It reflected my opinion of the situation and did not seek to represent the views of the PFA Ireland or its members.

"I stand over its contents."

Stephen McGuinness, general secretary of the PFAI, confirmed that it had been the association's decision to remove the article.

Evans was released last month after serving half of a five-year jail sentence following his conviction for the rape of a 19-year-old woman. The player has always maintained his innocence.

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