The Jonas Gutierrez disability discrimination case against Newcastle United and Mike Ashley is scheduled to begin this coming week.

Reports this morning say that the case will begin this Tuesday (22 March) in Birmingham.

Now with Deportivo La Coruna, Jonas Gutierrez is suing Newcastle United for £2m in relation to the way he was treated once he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The player is using the 2010 Equality Act to claim for disability discrimination, with the proposed tribunal proceedings first revealed in October 2015.

No doubt the case has been timed for this coming week as it is an international break with neither Newcastle United nor Deportivo having a match after this weekend until early April.

Deportivo beat Levante 2-1 on Saturday but Jonas Gutierrez wasn’t included in the match day 18 man squad.

This tribunal case will be the latest high profile damage for Mike Ashley in recent times, as he has been hammered for the treatment of thousands of his workers, is now in danger of contempt of the House of Commons after so far refusing to appear in front of MPs, whilst the Sports Direct share price has halved in recent months.

Oh…and his disastrous running of Newcastle United has left the club on the brink of a drop into the Championship.

Only a win today against Sunderland will be enough to give United a decent chance of survival.

We know Jonas Gutierrez will be cheering his old team on today and good luck to him as well in his case against Mike Ashley and the club. The way that the player was treat by the club was an embarrassment to everybody connected to Newcastle United, especially the supporters.