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Convicted rapist Ched Evans, who was released last week after serving half of a five-year jail term, has said he is ‘determined to continue the fight’ to clear his name.
In a video interview posted on his website, the footballer says he hopes to return to playing the game, adding that his lawyers are taking steps to overturn his conviction.
The former Sheffield United striker, who has always insisted the sex was consensual, admits he regrets his ‘incredibly foolish decision’ to cheat on girlfriend Natasha Massey, who also appears in the clip.
The 25-year-old says: ‘Now that I have served the custodial part of my sentence of two-and-a-half years, it is my hope that I will be able to return to football.
‘If that is possible, then I will do so with humility, having learnt a very painful lesson.
‘I would like a second chance,’ he added.
The release of the two-minute video message came on the day the BBC was forced to apologise over comments by presenter Michael Buerk, who appeared to criticise Evans’ victim for being drunk.
In a Radio 4 trailer, he said neither Evans nor his victim emerged ‘with any credit’ as she was so drunk ‘she could barely stand’.
A BBC spokesman said there was ‘no intention’ to suggest the victim was at fault.