Mark McCammon, a black footballer who was unfairly sacked by former club Gillingham, has been awarded more than £68,000 following the landmark legal case.
A remedal hearing granted McCammon, 33, the sum of £68,728 following the tribunal’s verdict in July, including recompense for loss of earnings and breach of contract, his solicitor, Sim Owolabi, said.
In June, McCammon took the League Two club to an industrial tribunal. The striker claimed he and other black players at Gillingham were treated differently from white players. He sued the club and its chairman, Paul Scally, for race discrimination, breach of contract, unfair dismissal and failure to pay him and said he was “put through hell”.
Scally had told the tribunal, held in Ashford, Kent, that Gillingham had not had to deal with an allegation of racism in his 18 years at the club, saying he was “absolutely confident” there was no racism at the club.
He suggested McCammon had “manufactured” his allegations to justify storming into then manager Andy Hessenthaler’s office on November 30, 2010 and accusing him of racial discrimination.
That happened after McCammon and his two housemates, who are also black, were ordered to attend Priestfield in heavy snow when other players were not required to.
After that confrontation, McCammon was ordered to attend a disciplinary hearing. He later received a letter saying he was being dismissed for aggressive conduct towards the manager and racism, the tribunal heard.