Ched Evans father-in-law tells talkRADIO why he stuck by football star during rape storm

Thursday, November 17, 2016

As Ched Evans rejoins Sheffield United, here's another chance to listen to the full, frank and emotional interview given by his father-in-law Karl Massey to Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Massey explained why he has stuck by the footballer during the rape storm which has surrounded him for five long years, before Evans was cleared of rape.

The former Manchester City and Sheffield United footballer was convicted of raping a 19-year-old waitress in a hotel in May 2011. However the decision was overturned in October 2016, after Evans had spent two-and-a-half years in prison.

Massey, whose daughter was in a long-term relationship with Evans when the rape allegations first arose, not only supported the embattled star, but even donated around £500,000 to his legal defence.

Speaking to Julia, he revealed that he first found out about the allegations while on holiday with Evans, and "chased him around the swimming pool" when he read the news.

After initially turning his back on the Welsh international star, Massey says he began to believe him when he had a heart-to-heart conversation with Evans in a local pub - and soon began to feel his son-in-law had been framed by a justice system intent on "catching a big fish" rather than delivering justice.

Massey also said he has sympathy for the girl Evans was convicted of raping, and believes they were both victims of a deeply flawed system.

Meanwhile Evans' lawyer Shaun Draycott, who also spoke to Julia, suggested Evans could have been one of Wales' heroes at Euro 2016 had he not spoken to police during the initial interview.

The full, amazing interview is available by clicking above.