Clyde ends football rapist David Goodwillie’s loan deal
Clyde announces plans to tear up football rapist David Goodwillie’s loan deal with Raith Rovers after the club’s stadium owners banned him… as the striker’s future in the game looks increasingly brighter dark
- David Goodwillie was found guilty of raping a woman in a civil case in 2017
- Raith Rovers recently signed him but terminated his contract after suffering a backlash
- He joined Clyde earlier this week after leaving Raith Rovers
- But now Clyde has confirmed they are ending the loan deal
David Goodwillie looks increasingly unlikely to have a future as a footballer after Clyde Stadium owners banned him from Broadwood and the club announced their intention to terminate his loan deal.
North Lanarkshire Council have written to the cinch League One club saying they will be immediately ejected if the striker enters Cumbernauld Stadium – and that the lease will not be renewed in 2023 under any circumstances.
Goodwillie joined Clyde on loan earlier this week following a furor from Raith Rovers sponsors, employees and supporters after his move on deadline day.
David Goodwillie (above) joined Clyde earlier this week but his loan is terminated
There was further criticism from Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon when it emerged Clyde and Raith had agreed a loan deal for the 32-year-old, who was tried by a judge at a a civil case in 2017 for raping a woman.
North Lanarkshire Council announced it had written to Clyde to exercise a clause in the stadium lease allowing it to “deny entry to the stadium to any person due to undesirable behaviour”.
A statement added: “We have informed the club that David Goodwillie must not be allowed access to the stadium for any purpose with immediate effect.”
Goodwillie was found guilty of raping a woman in civil court in 2017
“If Mr Goodwillie enters the stadium, we will consider the contract to have been breached and we will take immediate action to terminate it.
“Furthermore, we have informed Clyde FC that the board intends not to renew the lease with the club when the contract for the use of Broadwood Stadium expires in May 2023.
“The council believes in rehabilitation and has services that provide it. However, Mr Goodwillie expressed no contrition over the rape the court found he had committed in the civil action against him.
“In re-signing Mr Goodwillie, Clyde FC did not acknowledge this background or the concerns of the community, choosing instead to focus on getting Mr Goodwillie to play football.”
“We regret that this action is necessary. However, the council has a responsibility to the wider community to take action and send a clear signal that abuse should not be tolerated.
Clyde then issued a statement which read: “The club are tonight terminating the loan deal with Raith Rovers for David Goodwillie.”
Former Dundee United, Aberdeen and Blackburn striker Goodwillie scored 109 goals in almost five years with Clyde after joining them following his departure from Plymouth following the court ruling.
The council pointed out that Broadwood was previously under the control of North Lanarkshire Leisure and claimed it was “unable to direct the business in relation to this matter”.
Goodwillie has been banned from entering the Clyde ground in Broadwood by the stadium owners
“The stadium and all corporate services have returned to the direct control of the council,” he added.
Goodwillie returned to action in a Glasgow Cup draw against Rangers B at the Scottish champions’ training ground on Tuesday.
Clyde Ladies Football Club announced on Wednesday that its chief executive has resigned and all of its players no longer wish to play for the club.
Raith initially doubled down on his signing in the face of widespread criticism before performing a U-turn and stating that they would not play him and instead enter negotiations to end his two-and-a-half-year contract.