North East Wales

Wales striker Ched Evans remanded on rape charge

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

Wales and Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has appeared in crown court charged with rape.

The 22-year-old striker, who has 22 caps for his country, was arrested after an alleged incident at a hotel in Denbighshire on 31 May.

He and fellow footballer, Port Vale defender, Clayton McDonald, also 22, will be asked to enter a plea when they reappear in court in October.

Both were further remanded on bail at Mold Crown Court.

They had earlier appeared before Prestatyn magistrates.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at the Premier Inn, Rhuddlan involving a 19-year-old woman.

Both men will appear at a plea and directions hearing in October.

A condition of bail is that they should not enter north Wales except for the court hearing.

An application by Mr Evans, who appeared under his full name Chedwyn, to be allowed to return to Rhyl to visit his family on his day off from the football club was rejected.

St Asaph-born striker Mr Evans made his Wales debut from the bench and scored the winner in the 1-0 friendly win 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.

After returning to the Etihad Stadium, he was later sold to Sheffield United in 2009 for £3m but could not save the club from relegation to League One last season.