Footballer 'racially victimised'

The former Barbados striker Mark McCammon was unfairly sacked by Gillingham after being racially victimised, an employment tribunal has ruled. He took legal action against the League Two side after being dismissed for alleged misconduct last year.

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Gillingham to consider appeal

Gillingham Football Club said that McCammon is the first of "many thousands of staff of various race, religion and creed" to have ever considered a claim on the grounds of discrimination.

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 judgment 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.

– Gillingham FC

McCammon claimed white players received superior medical treatment

Mark McCammon said he was ordered to come into the ground amid "treacherous", snowy driving conditions while some white players were told they were not required.

He also said the club tried to "frustrate him out" by refusing to pay private medical bills to help him regain his fitness following injury.

Instead, he claims he was offered the same operation on the NHS rather than privately, a move he described as "completely out of character" for a Football League club, and that he was fined two weeks' wages when he paid a visit to a private consultant.

In contrast, the former Charlton, Swindon, Millwall and Brighton player said, a white team-mate was flown to Dubai for treatment by an eminent physiotherapist at the club's expense.

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Tribunal rules Gillingham FC 'racially victimised' black player

Gillingham's Mark McCammon pictured during a 2010 League Two match against Bury. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Mark McCammon, 33, was unfairly dismissed by Gillingham Football Club after suffering racial victimisation, a tribunal has ruled.

The player had alleged that he and other black players were discriminated against by the club.

Responding to the Ashford Employment Tribunal's ruling, Gillingham FC said the club is "hugely disappointed, in fact staggered, by this decision."

It went on: "As an organisation we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against, nor victimise our staff."

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