British PM enters debate on whether convicted rapist Evans should join Oldham

A spokesman for Cameron, speaking under the customary condition of anonymity, said "the Prime Minister does think that footballers are role models and he is sure that any potential would-be clubs and employers will weigh their decisions very carefully."

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LONDON (AP) British Prime Minister David Cameron has entered the debate about whether convicted rapist Ched Evans should be allowed to return to professional football in England.

A spokesman for Cameron, speaking under the customary condition of anonymity, says Tuesday ”the Prime Minister does think that footballers are role models and he is sure that any potential would-be clubs and employers will weigh their decisions very carefully.”

Oldham, a third-tier club, held talks with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Tuesday about the possibility of signing Evans.

Two of the club’s sponsors have said they will end their association with the team if he joins.

An online petition addressed to Oldham chairman Simon Corney asking him not to sign Evans has received more than 55,000 signatures.