Fast food chain Nando's have become the latest sponsor to sever their ties with Oldham Athletic as the club close in on the signing of convicted rapist Ched Evans.
The firm, which specialises in chicken dishes, sponsored the awarding of prizes to fans on matchdays but announced on its Twitter account that it would end its association with the League One club in the wake of the Evans controversy.
It said: "RE Oldham signing: we’d have liked to continue our involvement with fan prizes at matches but feel we can no longer continue our association."
Evans' move to Oldham is likely to be confirmed on Thursday, with the striker likely to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract worth £2,500-a-week.
Oldham owner and chairman Simon Corney told the Jewish Chronicle: "There is an 80 per cent chance of us signing him. It’s not straightforward and there are some legal issues. We believe he has served his time."
Nando’s are not the only company to decide to cut its ties with Oldham due to the club's interest in signing Evans. Local firm Verlin Rainwater Solutions have ended their deal with the club, which included sponsoring a stand at their Boundary Park stadium, while two other sponsors, Zen Office and Mecca Bingo, confirmed they would no longer pursue deals with the club if the signing of Evans went ahead.
Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner, could ultimately force Oldham to pull the plug on any move if he threatens to withdraw Sport Direct’s £1 million sponsorship of the club.
The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, wrote a personal letter to Ashley on Monday urging him to do so, one of two such interventions by senior police figures in the saga.