FORMER Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans will go on trial to face an allegation of rape later this year.
The former Wales international appeared at Cardiff Crown Court and pleaded not guilty to raping a woman in May 2011.
The legal hearing took place in front of High Court Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, who said she would be the judge in the trial and the case will take place in Cardiff.
Evans - wearing a black suit, white shirt and navy tie - only spoke briefly to confirm his identity before entering his plea.
The 27-year-old was represented by Kieran Vaughan QC and junior counsel David Emanuel.
John Philpotts QC, who represented the prosecution in the case, appeared via video link from Mold Crown Court.
Evans’ trial will take place on October 4.