The chairman of an English soccer team says he is angry that "mob-like behavior" forced the club to back down from its decision to allow a convicted rapist to train at its facilities.

Sheffield United, which plays in the third division, bowed to public pressure Thursday and withdrew its offer to allow Wales international Ched Evans to resume training at the club.

Jim Phipps, an American lawyer who is United's co-chairman, acknowledged the issue spiralled out of control, saying "we are coming up in questions to the Prime Minister at the G20 (summit) — how the hell did that happen?"

Phipps says the issue was "tearing at the fabric of our community . we had our people at each other's throats."