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Sky Sports Had To Apologise After Saying David Goodwillie Was A 'Racist' Instead Of 'Rapist'

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Sky Sports Had To Apologise After Saying David Goodwillie Was A 'Racist' Instead Of 'Rapist'

David Goodwillie received an apology from Sky Sports News on Wednesday, after a presenter accidentally called him a 'racist' live on air.

Goodwillie's move from Scottish League One side Clyde to Scottish Championship side Raith Rovers caused outrage at the end of January's transfer window.

The striker was ruled to be a rapist by a civil case in 2017 and Rovers' decision to sign him was understandably met with anger from the club's fans.

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Well known author Val McDermid, a long time fan of the club, whose dad was a scout for them, removed her sponsorship of the team and they eventually agreed that he wouldn't play for them, despite originally doubling down on their decision.

On Wednesday it was confirmed that he would return to Clyde on loan until the end of the season, something that didn't go down well with the League One side's supporters.

Whilst talking about the move on Sky Sports News, one presenter accidentally said the 32-year-old was a 'racist' before the broadcaster later had to make an apology, correcting the mistake to 'rapist.'

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"We would like to issue an apology to Mr Goodwillie," the reporter making the apology said.

"A little earlier this evening, in error, we reported that he had been ruled to be a racist in a civil case in 2017.

"The ruling in question was actually that Goodwillie was ruled to be a rapist in that case.

"We apologise for the error in reporting."

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Goodwillie was only able to watch Raith Rovers from the stands. Image: PA Images
Goodwillie was only able to watch Raith Rovers from the stands. Image: PA Images

On loaning him back, Clyde put out a statement saying, "This enables David to return to first-team activities including training and playing and, in doing so, continue his career in football at the current time."

However, similar to his transfer just over a month ago, it hasn't gone down well with some around the club, despite his 15 goals earlier this season.

Scottish MP John Mason, who is one of 400 owners of the fan-owned club, is now considering his role with the club.

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"I was incredibly disappointed, to say the very least, and frankly yesterday I was quite angry about the whole thing," Mason told Sky Sports.

"I wasn't entirely surprised as the fans were singing for his return but to do the same thing twice is somehow worse. I didn't agree with it first time round but to make the same mistake again is really inexcusable I think.

"I would reconsider whether I continue as one of the owners. I will not be going back to a game this season, but I am considering what else I might do.

"But I do accept we are a fan-owned club and the majority of fans at Raith and ourselves are happy to have Goodwillie."

Featured Image Credit: PA/Twitter

Topics: Sky Sports, Scotland

Ryan Sidle
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