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Gills racial victimisation fines appeal rejected

Paul Scally Credit: PA

The FA has rejected an appeal by Gillingham FC and chairman Paul Scally after they were fined £75,000 for 'race victimisation.'

The sanction followed a tribunal in 2012 in which former Gills striker Mark McCammon won an unfair dismissal claim. The tribunal also ruled that his dismissal was an act of racial victimisation.

As a result Mr Scally and the club were fined. The FA Board has reduced the fine to £50,000 for the club but upheld the original fine for the chairman.

At the time of the tribunal's ruling, the Gills put out a strongly worded statement refuting any accusation of racism.

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.

– Gillingham FC statement - July 2012

There was no further comment from the club today other than to confirm that it is not considering and further appeal.

Former Gills striker, Paul McCammon Credit: PA

The tribunal has centred on an incident in 2011 when Mr McCammon said he had been ordered into training when other white players had been told they could stay at home during a period of heavy snow.

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