Ched Evans has spoken out about his return to football following his acquittal of rape in an exclusive interview with Jim White.
The footballer was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years after being convicted of rape in 2012, however he was cleared at a retrial in 2016. He is now playing for Sheffield United.
Speaking on talkRADIO's sister station talkSPORT he said: “Not at every stadium do I get abuse, but at probably 70% there will be fans shouting stuff. Obviously at away games and away fans particularly.
“The favourite one is, ‘you’re a rapist’, and this and that. Personally it doesn’t affect me whatsoever, but when you go around the country and you’ve got people screaming and shouting those sort of words, that’s not normal.
“It’s quite unbelievable to be honest. There’s nowhere else publicly where you would shout such vile and horrible comments at somebody and potentially think it was funny or acceptable, but football brings out emotions in people.”
He added: “I didn’t believe anger or bitterness would help me in any way, so it’s just been a case of getting on with it and being happy for what I’ve got.
“Football is a very short career and I’ve got the rest of my life to live after football, but to live with that anger and bitterness would be absolutely worthless.”
Evans also spoke about Sheffield United and said: “I want to repay the club and the fans who have been absolutely amazing with me, I couldn’t thank them enough."
Watch the video above