Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A rapist, not a role model


Last week, Ched Evans, Wales and Sheffield United striker, was jailed for five years after being found guilty of raping a 19 year old woman. 
Two days later the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) named Evans in their Team of the Season -- one of the top football awards in the country.  

Leo Hardt is a football fan and secondary school teacher who knows that many young people see footballers as role models. He's worried that the PFA are sending out a troubling message by awarding Evans just days after he was convicted.

So Leo started a petition on Change.org calling for for the PFA to immediately remove Ched Evans’ award. Click here to join him.

Leo believes that as a professional body, the PFA has a responsibility to ensure that the public see them upholding certain values about sports professionals -- and Evans shouldn't be held up as a role model for young children.

Following public outcry this week, Chairman of the players’ committee, Clarke Carlisle, has said the PFA would "address" the issue and listen to the views of fans. That's why Leo is asking people to join his campaign and tell the PFA that football fans and the public don't want Evans to be awarded this honour.


Thanks for being part of this,
- Saira and the Change.org team

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