Monday, July 30, 2012


A black footballer was unfairly sacked by Gillingham after being racially victimised, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Former Barbados international player Mark McCammon, 33, took legal action against the League Two side after being dismissed for alleged misconduct last year.

The 6ft 2in striker told a hearing in Ashford, Kent, that he and other black players at the club were treated differently from white players.

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.

McCammon told the tribunal he had been put 'through hell' at Gillingham and had not been given an answer over why he was treated differently to other players.

In a letter sent to the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) outlining his grievances, McCammon also claimed he was told not to blog while others were permitted to.

Officials at Gillingham said they were 'staggered' by the ruling, saying the club had employed thousands of staff of different races and religions.

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