Updated: Wednesday, 16th April 2014 @ 6:11pm

Ex-Manchester City youth player Ched Evans jailed for five years for rape of 19-year-old woman

Ex-Manchester City youth player Ched Evans jailed for five years for rape of 19-year-old woman

By Sean Paul Doran

Ex-Manchester City player Ched Evans has today been jailed for five years for raping a 19-year-old woman, while former team-mate Clayton McDonald has been cleared of the same offence by Caernarfon Crown Court.

Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans and Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, both 23, denied raping the woman at a North Wales hotel last May.

Evans held his head in his hands and cried after the sentence was passed by judge Merfyn Hughes QC.

Contrarily, McDonald was jubilant at being cleared as his family and friends celebrated in the public gallery.

The men admitted having sex with the woman in a Rhyl hotel but both denied that it wasn’t consensual.

Evans denied that the pair used the woman for their own gratification.

Sheffield United released a statement on their website recognising the “seriousness of these events and as such wishes to respond in a responsible way when it has taken sufficient time to consider the matter fully”.

 Evans's lawyers said: "Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him.

"Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision."