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Ched Evans’s ‘true friend and supporter’ abused victim of rape

• Ciaran Goggins made derogatory comments about woman
• Ched Evans’s website distances itself from protagonist
Evans faces 14 months out of football over pending legal challenge

A “true friend and supporter” of Ched Evans made abusive comments about the convicted rapist’s victim and posted a link to a website that unlawfully names her, the Guardian can reveal.

Ciaran Goggins’ picture was posted in a gallery of photographs on the website set up by Evans’s family and friends to maintain the former Manchester City, Sheffield United and Wales striker’s innocence following his conviction in April 2012 and five-year prison sentence. Evans served half that term and, having been released on licence, is now looking to return to football. Goggins tweeted during last week’s furore over Oldham Athletic’s ultimately cancelled effort to sign Evans: “I am proud to be the only non-blood relative on #justiceforched site.”

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