EX-SHEFFIELD United striker Ched Evans has lodged an appeal against his rape conviction, it was reported tonight.
The former Blades and Wales footballer was jailed for five years for raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel near Rhyl, Denbighshire.
His legal team say the 23-year-old has maintained his innocence.
And tonight the BBC and ITV web sites said the Court Of Appeal has confirmed he begun the appeal process.
The BBC said a court spokesperson said they had received papers for an application to appeal against conviction and sentence. No hearing dates have yet been set.
During his trial at Caernarfon Crown Court, Evans admitted having sex with the woman at a Premier Inn in May 2011 but said it was consensual.
The woman, now aged 20, had no memory of the incident and the prosecution successfully argued she was too drunk to consent to intercourse.
Evans was one of several players released by the club earlier this week.
Police have made 17 arrests over the alleged naming of the victim on Twitter, since the end of the trial.