30/07/2012

Black Footballer Was Racially Victimised, Tribunal Rules

A black football player who was dismissed by his club was racially victimised, a tribunal has ruled.

Mark McCammon, 33, claimed Gillingham FC fined him for not showing up in heavy snow and refused to give him treatment for an injury.

He said black players at the club were treated different from white players.

The employment tribunal in Ashford, Kent, found his dismissal was unfair racial victimisation.

A statement issued by Mr McCammon's solicitors said: "He was astounded that the club went to such lengths to both dismiss him and win their case before the tribunal. Mr McCammon hopes that his success will make other players feel free to raise legitimate complaints of discrimination."

The League 2 club said it was "hugely disappointed" by the decision.

The tribunal heard that Mr McCammon and two other black players were ordered to come to the ground in the snow, although their white teammates had been told they did not have to come in.

This resulted in a confrontation with manager Andy Hessenthaler, who Mr McCammon called 'racially intolerant'.

Mr McCammon was then ordered to attend a disciplinary hearing and received a letter saying he was dismissed for aggressive conduct towards the manager and for racism.

Gillingham FC said it was in discussions with its lawyers to decide on the club's next course of action and whether to appeal.

(NE)

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