Footballer Ched Evans has 2012 rape conviction quashed; retrial ordered

    Welsh footballer Ched Evans has had his 2012 conviction for rape overturned and a retrial ordered.

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    • Welsh footballer Ched Evans has appeal for 2012 rape conviction upheld
    • Judge orders retrial, citing "fresh evidence"
    • Evans releases short statement, saying he is "extremely grateful" that his conviction for rape has been quashed

    (CNN)Welsh footballer Ched Evans, who was convicted in 2012 of the rape of a 19-year-old woman, has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

    The former English Premier League and Championship player, who played for Sheffield United, Manchester City and Norwich before his conviction, was released from jail on license in October 2014. He has not played professionally since then.
    Evans, who has insisted he is innocent, served two-and-a-half years of a five year sentence.
    Lady Justice Hallett, announcing the decision on behalf of the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), said it was "in the interests of justice" to order a retrial after new evidence emerged.
    Evans must be re-arraigned on the fresh indictment within two months.

    'Extremely grateful'

    In a statement, Evans expressed his gratitude to the court of appeal, as well as his legal representation, family and supporters.
    "Ched Evans is extremely grateful that the Court of Appeal has ruled that his conviction for rape was unsafe and should be quashed.
    "He wants to thank his lawyers... for their hard