No racism at Gillingham says football chairman

Mark McCammon
Mark McCammon says he was the victim of a racist campaign to drive him out Credit: ITV Meridian

Paul Scally, chairman of Gillingham Football Club,, is answering accusations that his highest paid striker Mark McCammon became the target of a racist campaign to drive him out of the club and sabotage his career.

In his witness statement to an employment tribunal at Ashford, Mr McCammon says club bosses tried to 'frustrate me out' of the club by refusing to pay private medical bills following injury. In contrast, a white player was flown to Dubai for treatment by an eminent physiotherapist.

And he says that after his dismissal 11 other clubs showed strong interest in him but talks collapsed in every case - the result, he claims, of a 'covert campaign' by Gillingham to 'sabotage' his career.

Mr McCammon was dismissed for gross misconduct after storming into the office of manager Andy Hessenthaler and accusing him of 'racism' because he'd fined him two weeks wages for non attendance during a day of heavy snow while telling white players they need not come in.

In cross examination, Mr Scally said it was completely untrue to suggest that Mr McCammon's wages were docked because he complained of racial discrimination. Asked why Mr McCammon did not receive private medical treatment like other players, he said the treatment in question was non urgent.

Mr McCammon, who was paid £2,500 a week, was dismissed in the final year of a three year contract. He is suing the club and Mr Scally for racial discrimination, unfair dismissal, breach of contract and failure to pay wages.

The club denies all allegations. Mr Scally told the tribunal this afternoon: "I am absolutely confident, convinced and comfortable that there is no racism at the club."

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