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          Gutierrez scores victory – footballer wins disability discrimination claim

          Date: 25/04/2016

          Following our recent blog on Jonas Gutierrez’s disability discrimination claim against Newcastle United Football Club, a decision has now been handed down by the Birmingham Employment Tribunal and it was a good result for the Argentinian.

          The Tribunal held that Gutierrez was discriminated against following his cancer diagnosis and subsequent return to fitness. The rationale given by the Tribunal was that Gutierrez was considered a key part of the club’s plans until his cancer was diagnosed and that he “had maintained his place in the starting line-up without difficulty for five years” before the diagnosis. They also ruled that it was due to Gutierrez’s cancer that the decision was made to tell the player he was surplus to requirements, just two weeks after he returned from treatment.

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