North East Wales

Wales and Sheffield United's Ched Evans on rape charge

Ched Evans
Image caption Ched Evans joined Sheffield United for £3m

Two professional footballers have appeared in court, charged with rape at a hotel in Denbighshire.

Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is jointly charged with Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, both 22.

They are charged with raping a woman at the Premier Inn at Rhuddlan on 30 May this year.

The defendants did not enter a plea and were released on conditional bail by Prestatyn magistrates to appear before Mold Crown Court on 19 August.

Mr Evans, who was born in St Asaph, Denbighshire, has played for Wales 22 times.

The players have both denied the charge in statements issued through their clubs' websites.

Mr McDonald, formerly with Walsall, joined League Two side Port Vale in June.

Both men are former Manchester City youth players.

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