Gillingham FC lose appeal against race discrimination ruling after tribunal brought by ex-player Mark McCammon
Mark McCammon in action for Gillingham
Gillingham FC have today lost their appeal against a ruling they sacked a player for gross misconduct as an act of racial victimisation.
Ex-striker Mark McCammon took the Gills to an employment tribunal last year and won almost £70,000.
Now an official legal review launched by the club at the Employment Tribunals Service in London has today been lost.
Speaking afterwards, McCammon said: "I just want to get on with my life. I congratulate my solicitors and my family and friends who have been behind me.
"The facts were there - it was crystal clear in the judgement and we had some intelligent judges on the panel who wouldn't be fooled easily.
"I'm glad it ruled in my favour in terms of good judges being on the panel and the evidence we put forward was great."
Gills chairman Paul Scally did not attend today's hearing.
The tribunal had upheld McCammon's claims of race victimisation by dismissal, unfair dismissal and unauthorised deduction from wages.
It did not uphold a claim that McCammon's complaint had been treated unfavourably due to his race.
- Ex-Gills player Mark McCammon speaks after his tribunal appeal victory
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The former player alleged the club docked his wages, refused him treatment for an injury and fined him for not turning up for training in the snow.
McCammon, who was awarded £68,728, claimed he and other black players were treated differently from white players in the first case of its kind.
The club have always denied the allegations made by McCammon, who played for the Gills from 2008 to 2011.
In July, McCammon received a racist death threat on Facebook. In the message, he was told he would have his "throat cut" if he returned to Gillingham.
A 47-year-old man, from West Sussex, has been arrested as part of the investigation and is on police bail.
Former Gillingham striker Mark McCammon
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