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Clyde to terminate Goodwillie loan

Move comes after North Lanarkshire council threatened to terminate stadium lease

Clyde FC is to terminate the loan signing of David Goodwillie from Raith Rovers after North Lanarkshire Council said it would terminate the lease contract for the club’s use of Broadwood Stadium if the player was permitted by Clyde FC to access the ground.

Goodwillie was ruled to be a rapist in a civil case in 2017, six years after being initially charged.

North Lanarkshire Council said in a letter to Clyde FC that it had “exercised our rights under the terms of our contract with Clyde FC for their use of Broadwood Stadium, in particular the clause which entitles the council to refuse entry to the stadium to any individual on the grounds of undesirable behaviour.”

The letter added: “We have informed the club that David Goodwillie must not be permitted access to the stadium, for any purpose, with immediate effect. Should Mr Goodwillie enter the stadium, we will consider the contract to have been breached and we will take immediate steps to terminate it.

“In addition, we have informed Clyde FC that the council intends not to renew the lease with the club when the contract for the use of Broadwood Stadium expires in May 2023.”

The club confirmed in a statement that it was “in the process of terminating the loan agreement with Raith Rovers for David Goodwillie”.

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