Ched Evans: Sheffield United will not let convicted rapist train
The Blades had been heavily criticised for agreeing to allow Evans to train at the club after his release from prison.
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill stated that she wanted her name removed from one of the Bramall Lane stands should he play for the club again.
The club said reaction to their initial decision “has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated”.
In a statement it said: “Sheffield United have decided to retract the opportunity for its former player, Ched Evans, to use the club’s facilities for training purposes,” adding that the U-turn followed consultation with supporters, officials, staff and sponsors.
“We recognise that a number of our supporters will be disappointed with this decision, but would ask that they remember the responsibilities we have not only to a fine and proud club, but also to the communities in which Sheffield United is active.
“The club condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms.”
Evans was released last month after serving half of a five-year sentence for the rape a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.