Olympic Gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill has warned Sheffield United.
Sheffield United supporter Jessica Ennis-Hill and former Marie Claire cover star has spoken out about convicted rapist Ched Evans.
In a statement released today, the Olympic gold medalist will ask the football club to remove her name from a stand at the club’s grounds if it offers Evans a new contract.
The Sheffield-born Olympic gold medalist said in a statement: ‘I believe being a role model to young people is a huge honour and those in positions of influence in communities should respect the role they play in young people’s lives and set a good example. If Evans was to be re-signed by the club it would completely contradict these beliefs.’
Evans was released from prison last month having served half of a five-year sentence and has since been allowed back at Sheffield United to train.
Although the club have stated that no decision has been made to determine whether or not they will re-sign Evans, pressure has mounted on the club in recent weeks after more than 160,000 people signed an online petition urging it not to re-sign the footballer.
Earlier in the week, two female Sheffield United’s patrons, Lindsay Graham and Charlie Webster stepped down and a third patron, Dave Berry condemned the decision.