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Gillingham FC Found Guilty of Racial Victimisation

Mon 30th Jul 2012 | Legal

Gillingham Football Club have been found guilty of unfair dismissal and racial victimisation of former player Mark McCammon at an employment tribunal today.

McCammon alleged that he and other black players at the League Two club were treated differently from white footballers and that the club tried to 'frustrate him out' by refusing to pay private medical bills to help him regain his fitness following injury.

The hearing by Ashford Employment Tribunal found that Mark McCammon was unfairly dismissed and that his dismissal was an act of racial victimisation.

A statement released by Gillingham read: “We are hugely disappointed, in fact staggered, by this decision. As an organisation we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against, nor victimise our staff. 

“This case is the first of its kind to be brought against the club in its entire history, a history that has seen the club employ many thousands of staff of various race, religion and creed, none of whom have ever felt the need to bring such a claim.

“Given the nature of the case, and the findings, we will discuss the judgement with our lawyers and decide upon the next course of action, whether that be an appeal against the findings, or another form of action, as deemed appropriate.

“There will be no further comment on the case by the Club until the matter has run its full course.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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