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Footballer suffered racial victimisation

As reported in the Simply-docs blog entry of 16th July 2012, black footballer Mark McCammon took his former club, Gillingham FC, to an employment tribunal, with claims of race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure of payment of wages. He alleged that he and other black players at the club, were treated differently from white players. He also argued that the club tried to “frustrate him out” by refusing to pay private medical bills to help him regain his fitness following injury.

The employment tribunal has now ruled in Mr McCammon favour, finding that his dismissal by Gillingham FC constituted unfair racial victimisation. His former club said it was in discussions with its lawyers to decide on its next course of action and whether to appeal the decision, with which it said it was “hugely disappointed“.

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