By Alex Glenn • 03 February 2022 • 12:32
Rapist David Goodwillie won’t play for Raith Rovers as the club performs a U-turn. Fans and sponsors had been outraged when the club signed the striker.
32-year-old Goodwillie was determined to be a rapist in 2017 at a civil trial. Despite this, he has continued his career with Clyde. Raith Rovers had signed Goodwillie on deadline day but have now reversed the controversial decision and are set to rip up the contract.
After the club signed the rapist the women’s team try to distance themselves and sponsors walked away. Board members also quit the team.
Raith Rovers’ chairman commented on the U-turn and said: “I firstly want to apologise wholeheartedly to our fans, sponsors, players and the wider Raith Rovers community for the anguish and anger caused over the past few days,”
“We got it wrong.
“In reaching our original decision, we focused far too much on football matters and not enough on what this decision would mean for our club and the community as a whole.”
He went on to add: “Over the past couple of days, we listened carefully to the fans who have got in touch and I’m very grateful for their honesty. As chairman, as a board and as a management team, we have all learned a hard but valuable lesson.
“This very unfortunate episode is something that we all bitterly regret and we are now wholly committed to making things right. I can therefore confirm that, following a meeting of the Raith Rovers board, the player will not be selected by Raith Rovers and we will enter into discussions with the player regarding his contractual position.
“We share a desire to do what is best for our club and will be doing everything in our power to regain the trust and confidence of the Raith Rovers family.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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