Raith Rovers: Val McDermid vows not to return to Fife club as long as Goodwillie remains on payroll

McDermid, who sponsored the club, also said he will not return while the executives who signed him are in charge, during a McDermid Ladies match at the weekend.

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McDermid was a lifelong supporter and manager, as well as its main jersey sponsor. However, he has now said that this endorsement deal will now end.

Scottish author Val McDermid speaks to the media after a friendly match between the McDermid Ladies and Livingston at the Windmill Community Campus in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, on Sunday. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group)

The writer yesterday gave her endorsement to former Raith Rovers women’s team, McDermid Ladies, in their first match since they parted ways with Raith Rovers after Goodwillie was signed by the men’s side last week.

At her debut match in Fife on Sunday afternoon, Mrs McDermid said she was “heartbroken” by Goodwillie’s signing but was “encouraged and surprised” by the support from those who took a stand.

Following public uproar over the 32-year-old rapist’s signing, the Fife club have admitted it was a mistake to sign him and said he will not play in any matches.

Raith Rovers said they are currently reviewing his contract.

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In 2017, a judge ruled that Goodwillie and a former teammate, David Robertson, had raped Clair, now 30, and ordered them to pay her £100,000 in compensation.

Clair, 30, told The Sunday Post she was ‘deafened’ by the Scottish football authorities’ silence, saying: “It’s disgraceful that Goodwillie has been allowed to continue playing all these years.

“They are as complicit as him and Robertson with their silence and looking the other way.

“It is not enough with the football authorities, the league, the SFA [Scottish Football Association] keep quiet about this.

“They talk a lot about equality and respect, but when they are confronted with real reality instead of nonsense, their silence deafens me.

“There needs to be officials who do nothing more than ensure that players and clubs are properly informed of their responsibilities.

“They should develop educational programs on sexual violence. Practical steps, not warm words about anything, could bring about real change.”

Nicola Sturgeon and Gordon Brown were among the prominent figures who joined McDermid in condemning the club.

However, Clair said the backlash had come too late: “Of course people should be outraged and outraged that such a man was about to play for Raith Rovers, but he has never stopped playing.

“He was chosen by Clyde four days after the judges rejected his appeal and confirmed that he raped me.

“That was four years ago and that’s when people should have been outraged and shocked.

“I have to ask why it has taken so long for people to stand up and say all the things that are being said now. It’s about more than him, it’s about sexism and misogyny and women being heard and having their voices heard.”

No criminal charges were filed against Goodwillie or Robertson.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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