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Gutierrez scores a victory for discrimination

The Newcastle player's claim is a reminder to employers of the importance of ensuring a level playing field for disabled and non-disabled employees, writes Amanda Trewhella

10 May 2016

Former Newcastle United Football Club midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has succeeded in claims for disability discrimination against the club in the Employment Tribunal.

Gutierrez was signed by Newcastle in 2008 and was a prominent first-team player. After the non-renewal of his contract in 2015, he claimed that the club discriminated against him following a diagnosis of testicular cancer.

He was first diagnosed in October 2013 and, as a result, took some time off in order to have surgery in his home country of Argentina. The following summer the cancer returned, but Gutierrez thankfully made a full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and returned to the club in November 2014. However, in the summer of 2015 the club informed Gutierrez that he was no longer required to play and it would not be renewing his contract.

A clause in his contract stated that if he appeare...

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