Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans has been charged, with another man, over rape allegations, police have confirmed. Both have been bailed over the allegations, which Evans strenuously denies.
The 22 year old former Manchester City player, was arrested on May 31 following an incident in Rhyl, North Wales.
Both men will appear before Prestatyn magistrates on August 8, North Wales Police said.
League One side Sheffield United said in a statement on their official website: "The club has been made aware of legal proceedings involving one of its employees.
"The club will be making no statements on this matter during the course of these proceedings."
Evans' solicitor and agent Matthew Bennett said: "Ched has decided voluntarily to make this information public as he wishes to express his extreme shock and disappointment at having been charged with this offence, particularly given the evidence upon which the charge has been brought.
"While he unfortunately cannot comment further on the evidence forming the basis of the charge, he is confident that when it is contested before a court by his legal team he will be acquitted and entirely vindicated."