Post by Deleted on Jan 8, 2015 23:12:47 GMT
The subsequent events of this case raise questions over the administration of justice. Evans was committed, served his time and has been released. Under these circumstances he should be allowed to continue with his career as an important part of his rehabilitation. HOWEVER, like former teachers and lecturers under the same circumstances they find it almost impossible to continue their careers. Given the high profile of these kinds of cases surely if the principle of rehabilitation is to be adhered to, then convicts should be retrained for an alternative career and that should be part of the sentence - irrespective of appeals.
Personally I don't want to see Evans grace any pitch, unless his appeal is successful. However, I also don't like the idea of imposing sentences without the prospect of rehabilitation, especially in cases of rape and the potential for repeat offenses.
That's the thing though, he is allowed to continue his career. Nobodies stopped him from getting back in football. The FA, the Premier League, UEFA, FIFA.
The only thing stopping him from being a footballer again is no club as of yet has been prepared to hire him. That's no different to any other job, be it plumber, banker, architect, postman, whatever. The law says you can go back to work, and he can. But that doesn't mean an employer has to give him work. If a plumber tried to get a job at a plumbing firm, and told the manager in the interview he'd just been released from prison after being convicted of rape, there's a very good chance he wouldn't be offered the job.
Evans is in the same boat as most other jail birds. Nothing stopping you from getting employment apart from your own past. If the FA had come out and openly banned any club from offering him a contract, well, then that would be a whole different can of worms.