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Gills appeal hearing against claim by ex-player Mark McCammon

Former Gillingham striker Mark McCammon
Former Gillingham striker Mark McCammon

Gillingham’s appeal against a ruling that they sacked a player for gross misconduct as an act of racial victimisation will be heard on Monday.

Mark McCammon took the Gills to an employment tribunal last year and won almost £70,000.
The tribunal upheld 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. The ex-striker 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.

Earlier this year McCammon, who played for the Gills from 2008 to 2011, 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 bail.

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