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Oldham Athletic delay decision over Ched Evans’ signing after outcry

• Ed Miliband says: ‘I wouldn’t take him on”
• Two sponsors threaten to withdraw financial support
• The Oldham Athletic statement in full
• Thousands sign petition against Ched Evans joining Oldham
• David Conn: why the victim must always be remembered

Oldham Athletic are struggling to find a way to sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans after facing a backlash from public figures led by Ed Miliband, an online petition of more than 25,000 signatures and a threat to remove financial support by sponsors.

The League One club have been taken aback by the outcry regarding their intention to allow the striker, who raped a 19-year-old girl in 2011 and served half of a five-year prison sentence, to play at Boundary Park.

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