Sheffield United has released a statement saying they are appalled by the attacks directed at those who are criticizing the club’s move to let Ched Evans train with them.
In the statement released on their website, Sheffield United said they are appalled by the condemnation and abuse levelled at high profile supporters as well as those who are not connected with the club who have voiced their opinion regarding their Evan’s move.
The club said those individuals who publicly expressed their views on the matter should not be vilified because they have the right to do so just like any other and such right should be respected.
To identify the instigators of the abuse on social media and at ground, the club promised to work with South Yorkshire Police and any other supportive body, adding that they will ban those found involved from Bramall Lane.
The statement dated November 11 came after Jessica Ennis-Hill start receiving abusive tweets when she said that she will have her name removed from a United Sheffield stand should the club re-signs Evans.
The Olympic heptathlon champion said in a statement that re-signing Evans will be a contradiction of her beliefs in being a role model to young people and setting a good example.
Following her comment, Twitter trolls lashed out at Ennis-Hill with one even sending a tweet that read “I hope he [Evans] rapes her”.
South Yorkshire Police has already stated that an investigation on the abusive tweets has been launched and those involved are being contacted already.
Meanwhile, Ennis-Hill’s stance has gotten support from shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper who said that it was only right for her to speak out and take a stand against violence against women.
The Prime Minister David Cameron also said he understood why the Olympic golden girl has said what she said.