Following its decision earlier this week to accept a request from The Professional Footballers' Association to the effect that the Club consider allowing Ched Evans, who is a PFA member, to train at the Club's facilities, Sheffield United Football Club is appalled at the recent condemnation and abuse that has been levelled at both some of its more high profile supporters and those who have no connections to the Club but who have voiced their opinion on the matter.
The Club believes that these fans, individuals and corporates have a right, like any other, to express their view on the Club's current stance regarding its former player. They should not be vilified as a consequence of them having to make public their views, following a social media campaign that pursued them and urged them to disassociate themselves with the Club. They have worked long and hard to reach their standing in society and their link with the Club should not be the reason for this being damaged.
Regarding the personal tirade against individuals, the Club will work with both South Yorkshire Police and any other supportive body to help identify the instigators. This will include abuse through social media messaging and chanting at grounds.
Anyone who is found to be involved in such practice will be banned for life from Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United will not accept the abuse that is being received by those who have voiced their opinion. They have felt it necessary and have been courageous enough to have made their statement and this should be respected.
Apart from this, and the statement dated 11th November, the Club will not be making any further comment until it feels appropriate to do so.