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.
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.
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.