Rapist row soccer club Sheffield United hits out over abuse
Sheffield United have said they are "appalled" by the abuse being aimed at people who have criticised the club's decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans back to training.
It follows the Twitter abuse aimed at Olympic heptathlon champion and local hero Jessica Ennis-Hill, who said that to allow Evans back into the Blades squad would "completely contradict" her beliefs of being a role model to young people.
She was taunted with several sick tweets including one saying: "I hope he [Evans] rapes her."
This came after she asked for her name to removed from a stand at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground if the club takes back Evans. The club have pledged to work with police who are investigating the abuse.
TV presenter Charlie Webster, sixties pop star Dave Berry and Sheffield businesswoman Lindsay Graham have all resigned as patrons of the club since Evans returned to training.
Wales international Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.