I have an interest in this story because I’ve been an Oldham Athletic fan since I was a boy. I didn’t take much notice of the media fuss around this court case and still haven’t particularly. However, if he was indeed guilty and the young lady plans to take him to court for compensation (if they are able to do that) what will he pay with? He has been rendered unemployable by the media and do gooders since leaving prison. I used to think prison was for punishment and rehabilitation but it appears now that it isn’t. The punishment should continue for the rest of the perpetrators life, if he or she is high profile. Especially if he’s a footballer. I’m not saying he is innocent or guilty but we supposedly live in a society with laws and rules that are intended to maintain a civilised existence. Ched Evans will take a lot of stick from the terraces if he does ever play professional football again. He’ll be reminded every day of his alleged crime.
It would appear that at least two police forces are trying to exert pressure on Oldham Athletic and one of it’s major sponsors to drop the Evans interest. These are the same people that have made it more and more difficult for lower league clubs to survive by charging extortionate fee’s for police attendance at football matches.
I would urge Oldham Athletic to ignore the Oldham fans who claim they will never support the club again, ignore the 28,000 people who have signed a poll demanding the Evans deal be dropped and lastly, ignore the police chiefs who don’t have Oldham Athletics interests at heart but are using is it as a political and personal boost for whatever agenda they aspire to. Our crime and punishment system has run it’s course and knee jerk reactions from people who suddenly acquire an elevated sense of morality should be treated as the isolated media driven incidents that they are.
If 28,000 people can be bothered to sign a petition against an ex-convict, I wonder how many would sign for criminal charges to be brought against Tony Blair? This comparison proves to me that we aren’t quite as elevated in a moral sense as we would like to believe.