David Goodwillie who was ruled to be a rapist in 2017 wasn’t well received when he debuted at Radcliffe FC which came from sponsors, fans and even the women’s division of the club. The club has further apologized for signing the player and have decided to cancel the player’s contract.
Radcliffe FC put out a statement concerning the departure of David Goodwillie;
“As a Club we have always been about second chances and have been a part of many players and staff members rehabilitation along that journey, we’ve always given people a chance to improve their life and found support in this endeavor.”
“When the Club were presented with David Goodwillie that same logic was applied but in this case it’s clear that was a significant misstep and our due diligence should have been of a much higher standard. We can vouch for all the people at the Club involved in this signing did so out of the desire to do a good thing for an individual with an admittedly tainted past as we have done so successfully before but this was a bridge too far. From the Board down to the Management team, who we backed, and have always backed on playing decisions -it’s clear that as a whole we got this wrong. This focus was misplaced and as a growing community club we realize that our impacts are also more widely felt too.”
“We have always strived to be a source of pride to our town with good and honest intentions, and we think we have made a significant positive impact for our town over the last 6 years both on and off the field and we sincerely apologize to everyone connected with the Club and the Community- this is a mistake that will never happen again.”