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Monday 29th August 2016
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Clegg Tells Ched Evans: Go And Play Abroad

Nick Clegg said he would not let Ched Evans train with Sheffield United if it was up to him.

Convicted rapist Evans is training with his former club as he tries to win a contract following his release from prison.

The Deputy Prime Minister suggested Evans might consider playing abroad for a while before returning to a club in the UK.

"Maybe he could play for a club abroad for a while before coming back," Clegg told Nick Ferrari on LBC. "If it was me, I wouldn't take him on. I wouldn't let him train. Football stars play such an important role in the community."

Clegg said he doesn't believe politicians should tell the club what to do with "people who have done their time", but that the case was unique because of Evans' role as a footballer.

"The point is he played for Sheffield United when the offence took place and when he was convicted so there's a very particular decision for that club to make."

 "They're role models - a lot of kids look up to them."

Clegg refused to answer Ferrari's question about whether he would shake Evans' hand if they were to meet at a reception in Sheffield, the constituency Clegg represents in the Commons.