North East Wales

Ched Evans and Clayton McDonald deny hotel rape charge

Ched Evans
Image caption Ched Evans joined Sheffield United for £3m in 2009

Two footballers have appeared in court to deny raping a woman in a hotel in Wales.

Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans, 22, from Penistone near Barnsley, appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court.

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 22, from Crewe, also denied raping the woman at a Premier Inn in Rhuddlan near Rhyl.

Both men were remanded on bail. A trial has been listed for next March.

St Asaph-born Mr Evans made his Wales debut from the bench and scored the winner in the 1-0 friendly over Iceland in May 2008.

He came through the trainee ranks at Premier League side Manchester City before spending time on loan at Norwich City.

He was sold by Manchester City to Sheffield United in 2009 for £3m.

Mr McDonald is also a graduate of the Manchester City youth academy.

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