QPR manager Harry Redknapp says convicted rapist Ched Evans "needs a second chance" so he can get on with his life.
Evans has apologised "for the effects" of his actions in 2011 that led to his rape conviction, "not least [on] the woman concerned", but continues to maintain his innocence.
League One side Oldham pulled out of plans to sign him on Thursday.
Redknapp was responding to questions from journalists at a QPR news conference earlier on Thursday, before Oldham's decision and Evans's subsequent statement.
Evans was jailed for five years in April 2012 for raping a woman at a north Wales hotel and released in October 2014 after serving half that term.