Sheffield United launch investigation into Connor Brown tweets

Blades launch investigation into Brown's tweets after Evans conviction for rape

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12:07 GMT, 23 April 2012

Jailed: Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed on Friday for five years

Jailed: Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed on Friday for five years

Sheffield United have launched an internal inquiry into comments made on Twitter by team-mate Connor Brown following player Ched Evans' prison sentence last week after being found guilty of rape.

Brown, 19, responded to Evans' five-year prison sentence by tweeting his support for Evans.

A statement released on the club's official website read: 'Sheffield United confirmed that an internal investigation is under way into social media comments made by reserve-team player Connor Brown following the verdict in the Ched Evans trial.

'The club is aware of a very serious matter regarding comments made through the Twitter account of one of its players. As a result we have launched an inquiry.'

As Evans began his five-year sentence, fellow team-mate Brown posted an extraordinary rant on Twitter.

After
branding the law ‘a load of ****ing ***t’, the 19-year-old wrote: ‘I’m
with you geez’ and made his extraordinary attack on the victim.

He also called her a ‘money-grabbing little tramp'.

The
offensive posts were later removed from the profile, which features a
photograph of Brown signing a Sheffield United shirt for a fan.

A complaint about the comments was made to North Wales Police by a leading rape charity.

Evans was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday after being found guilty of raping the woman who was 'too drunk to consent'.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said: 'We are aware of some comments made on social media sites and we are collating all relevant information.'

Behind bars: Evans was named in the League One Team of the Year on Sunday

Behind bars: Evans was named in the League One Team of the Year on Sunday

Evans admitted having sex with the victim, then aged 19, at a hotel in north Wales last May.

In her evidence, the woman said she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution argued she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Evans' co-accused, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, who also admitted having sex with the victim, was found not guilty of the same charge.

It comes after the teenage rape victim was named by Twitter users.

Leading charity Rape Crisis England and Wales reported the 'profoundly disturbing' tweets to North Wales Police.

The victim's name is believed to have been openly discussed by Twitter users – despite victims of sexual assault being guaranteed
the legal right to lifetime anonymity.

Her name was also said to be one of the top trending words on Twitter over the weekend.

Evans was also named in the PFA League One Team of the Year on Sunday night.

Publishing the name of a rape victim is a criminal offence, with fines up to 5,000.