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British PM David Cameron enters Ched Evans debate

January 6, 2015 GMT
FILE - This is a Nov. 2, 2009 file photo of British soccer player Ched Evans. Evan's is an experienced soccer player and wants to play _ but it’s beginning to look as if public opinion in Britain may prevent forward Ched Evans from ever resuming his professional soccer career. Evans, 26, is out on probation after serving prison time for raping a 19-year-old in his hotel room in 2011. Yet public reaction to his possible return to the nation’s favorite sport is becoming more and more vehement. (AP Photo'Anna Gowthorpe/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT
FILE - This is a Nov. 2, 2009 file photo of British soccer player Ched Evans. Evan's is an experienced soccer player and wants to play _ but it’s beginning to look as if public opinion in Britain may prevent forward Ched Evans from ever resuming his professional soccer career. Evans, 26, is out on probation after serving prison time for raping a 19-year-old in his hotel room in 2011. Yet public reaction to his possible return to the nation’s favorite sport is becoming more and more vehement. (AP Photo'Anna Gowthorpe/PA, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has entered the debate about whether convicted rapist Ched Evans should be allowed to return to professional football in England.

A spokesman for Cameron, speaking under the customary condition of anonymity, says Tuesday “the Prime Minister does think that footballers are role models and he is sure that any potential would-be clubs and employers will weigh their decisions very carefully.”

Oldham, a third-tier club, held talks with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Tuesday about the possibility of signing Evans.

Two of the club’s sponsors have said they will end their association with the team if he joins.

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An online petition addressed to Oldham chairman Simon Corney asking him not to sign Evans has received more than 55,000 signatures.