RAITH ROVERS have announced that David Goodwillie is to LEAVE the club – just days after they signed him.
The Kirkcaldy side have been hit with a huge backlash from celebrity fans and sponsors after taking the decision to hand the former Scotland international a two-and-a-half year deal.
A civil case ruled in 2017 that Goodwillie and former Dundee United team-mate David Robertson raped Denise Clair after a drunken night out in Bathgate, West Lothian, in 2011.
Furious director Bill Clark, who is a lifelong Rovers fan, quit his role along with supporter-director Andy Mill.
Celebrity superfan Val McDermid said he was ending her association with the club over the incident.
Raith had originally said they were standing by their decision.
But now a statement said they would now be entering into a discussion with the player over the remainder of his contract.
It read: “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.
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“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.
“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.
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“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.
“Chairman, On Behalf of the Board of Raith Rovers FC.”
McDermid tweeted: “I welcome this (unsigned) statement from Raith Rovers. It’s a victory of sorts for the hundreds of people who MAKE the club who were appalled at the board’s original decision.
“But it’s just the first step in a long road back. The same people who made the decision are still in charge.
“Those who love and value the club are still on the outside; they need to be on the inside, shaping the future of the community.”
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