Raith Rovers urged to make donation to rape survivor charities amid deal to pay off Goodwillie


Raith Rovers have been urged to make a donation to rape survivor charities amid a deal to pay off rapist footballer David Goodwillie.

The club’s signing on Monday sparked an angry public backlash against the 32-year-old striker’s deadline day arrival.

A number of the Kirkcaldy club’s major figures quit in protest of the decision to sign the player, who in 2017, was found by a civil court to have raped a woman.

It was reported Goodwillie was offered up to £60,000 per season as part of his two-and-a-half-year deal at Raith Rovers, with a payout potentially exceeding £100,000.

Clyde's David Goodwillie during the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round match at Broadwood Stadium, Glasgow.
David Goodwillie during the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round match at Broadwood Stadium, Glasgow.

Chief Executive of Rape Crisis Scotland, a charity that offers vital support for people affected by sexual violence, said the deal should never have happened

Sandy Brindley said: “Raith Rovers paying him a single penny is hard to stomach. This situation should never have arisen and it is sickening he is making money from it regardless of the fact he will not now play for the team.”

There are now calls for the club to make a donation to charities supporting victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence after entering the ‘ill-judged contract’.

Labor MSP Monica Lennon, who has campaigned for more funding for rape crisis services, said: “If Raith Rovers are going to buy out the ill-judged contract they entered into with David Goodwillie, the least they should do is make a generous donation to charities supporting survivors of sexual violence.

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“This whole saga has caused a lot of harm and upset.”

Labor MSP Rhoda Grant has urged the club to reach an agreement with Goodwillie that would allow for a charitable donation to be made to appropriate charities.

She insists that the club should also ‘ensure’ the player has paid the £100,000 settlement to the woman he attacked.

The MSP, who was previously Scottish Labor Spokesperson for Women and Equality, said: “This is a very distressing episode, especially for his victim who must have been badly affected by the publicity surrounding this.

“While Raith Rovers may find they are contractually obliged to pay David Goodwillie in the terms of his contract with them, they should try and reach an agreement with him to make a charitable donation.

“They should also ensure that he has paid, in full, the settlement handed down by the Court to the woman he attacked, and if not they should arrange that any payment due is used to pay that debt.

“The Raith Rovers fans have shown their club management how to act with compassion and decency and I salute them.”

Raith Rovers issued a groveling apology to angry fans after the Championship side initially defended the player’s signing.

The news caused fans to abandon the team and Rovers sponsor Val McDermid announced she would no longer back the club with intention to withdraw financial support from next season.

Author Val Mcdermid (left) attending a Raith Rovers v St Johnstone game during the William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Final match at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy.  Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Author Val Mcdermid (left) announced she would no longer back the club

The Raith women’s team captain quit hours after the signing, and the women and girls’ team have since announced they will now be called McDermid Ladies.

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Chairman John Sim admitted “we got it wrong” and revealed talks will take place to review the striker’s contractual position.

Goodwillie and fellow footballer David Robertson were ordered to pay Denise Clair £100,000 in the civil action after a criminal case against them was dropped.

Robertson has since retired from football.

The Daily Record contacted Raith Rovers for comment.




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