LONDON (REUTERS, AFP) - Former Welsh international footballer Ched Evans has won an appeal against his conviction for rape and faces a new trial, the British media reported on Thursday.
The 27-year-old whose former clubs include Sheffield United and Manchester City, spent 21/2 years in jail after he was convicted in 2012 of raping a 19-year-old in a hotel in north Wales.
Evans was released from jail in 2014 after serving half of his five-year term. He has not been signed by a new club since his release from prison.
His conviction was overturned by three leading judges following appeal proceedings last month. Details of the grounds of appeal cannot be reported for legal reasons.
A fresh indictment against Evans was ordered to be served within two months and he was in court to hear the verdict announced along with his girlfriend, Natasha Massey.
After the ruling, his lawyer read a statement outside the court in which he said his client was "extremely grateful" to the judges for quashing his conviction.
Following his release, Evans saw an attempt to resurrect his career with English third-tier club Oldham Athletic collapse amid a public outcry.
He came through the youth ranks at City and has made 13 appearances for Wales, scoring once.