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Footballer launches race discrimination claim

28 February 2012 #Employment

In a landmark employment tribunal claim, a black professional footballer has become the first player to sue his club for race discrimination.

Striker Mark McCammon alleges that he and other black players at Gillingham Football Club were treated less favourably than white players. In particular, Mr McCammon asserts that the club adopted different stances over punishments handed out for missing training, medical treatment for injuries and pay cuts following the club’s relegation to League Two. It is also reported he is suing the club’s chairman personally too. The club deny the allegations.

The case is expected to be heard at Ashford employment tribunal this summer and follows recent high-profile incidents involving John Terry, the former England captain, and Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker. Last week David Cameron convened a summit at Downing Street amid widespread concern over racism in football and has given the Football Association 2 months to draw up practical actions to address issues of discrimination in football.

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