David Goodwillie latest as thousands sign petition for Raith Rovers to axe rapist striker

David Goodwillie latest as thousands sign petition for Raith Rovers to axe rapist striker

February 2, 2022

A PETITION has been launched to force Raith Rovers to axe rapist David Goodwillie.

The Championship club provoked outrage earlier this week with their decision to sign the shamed striker, 32, from Clyde.

And they caused further fury last night as they defended the "football decision" to bring the former Dundee United and Scotland player to Stark's Park.

Now, a petition has been launched in a bid to force Raith to reverse their decision and remove Goodwillie from the club.

The Fife Free Press were looking for at least 2,500 signatures and have already received more than 2,400 since yesterday.

Their supporting statement read: "The Fife Free Press newspaper, which proudly serves the people of the Kirkcaldy area, feels that Raith Rovers can not continue to call themselves a family club while expecting fans to cheer for a man ruled to be a rapist wearing the club's colours.

"This brings a stain on the character of the club and shame to the supporters who have followed the club throughout its rich history.

"Already fans and sponsors are withdrawing their support for the club. We want Goodwillie axed from the club, but that's not all.

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"Until this signing, Raith Rovers was and had always been first and foremost a family club.

"In order to return the club to those ideals we want to see it work in close harmony with rape and domestic abuse charities to improve the culture and once more make Stark's Park a ground families can proudly take their families to.

"Raith Rovers have a long proud association with the Kirkcaldy community, and that's something we'd like to see continue.

"That's why we're asking you to sign our petition to have David Goodwillie removed from Raith Rovers, and ensure that future signing decisions can continue to be family-friendly."

A group of angry locals gathered outside Stark's Park ahead of Raith's clash with Queen of the South last night to protest the Goodwillie signing.

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They made their feelings known as Alan Russell, chair of the club's Supporters Trust, revealed many fans are opposed to the striker's arrival.

He said: "We're very disappointed and strongly opposed to this signing.

"The club has made huge strides to position itself as a beacon and a role model for young people.

"The feedback from fans to this signing has been overwhelmingly negative."

That protest came after best-selling crime author and Raith Rovers fan Val McDermid cancelled her shirt sponsorship of the club.

And she said she had ended her lifelong support for them as a result of the decision to sign Goodwillie.

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While six club staff members resigned, including furious directors Bill Clark and Andy Mill who had both voted against the signing.

In 2017, a civil case ruled that Goodwillie and his former Dundee United team-mate David Robertson had raped Denise Clair after a night out in Bathgate, West Lothian, in 2011.

Prosecutors refused to bring criminal proceedings against them but Denise, who waived her right to anonymity, launched the civil case.

Goodwillie and Robertson's claims that she had been a willing participant in a threesome was rejected by Judge Lord Armstrong.

They were ordered to pay £100,000 in compensation at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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