LONDON – A sponsor for English soccer club Oldham says the "imminent signing" of convicted rapist Ched Evans has prompted the company to end its backing.
Oldham has yet to announce the signing of Evans, saying Monday it was conducting due diligence on the matter.
But sponsor Verlin Rainwater Solutions, which makes gutters, believes that Evans resuming his football career with the third-division club would send out the wrong message.
Company director Craig Verling says "after receiving the news regarding the imminent signing of Ched Evans it is with great regret that Verlin Rainwater Solutions will no longer be associated with Oldham Athletic."
Evans, a former Sheffield United and Manchester City striker, was released from jail in October after serving time for raping a 19-year-old woman in his hotel room in 2011.