The Jonas Gutierrez tribunal hearing is continuing in Birmingham today.
The disability discrimination case against Mike Ashley and Newcastle United is scheduled to run for up to 10 days and there have been more damaging revelations during Wednesday’s proceedings, for both Ashley and the club.
Newcastle United’s managing director, Lee Charnley, had supplied documents to the court which claimed that the club had kept in touch with Jonas Gutierrez and other family members…’to ensure that they knew that Jonas remained in our thoughts’.
However, giving evidence today, the mother of Jonas Gutierrez, Ms Montore, said that the claims by Lee Charnley were nonsense and misleading to the tribunal.
Through an interpreter, Ms.Montore said:
“This is categorically not the case, as I remember feeling upset that the club seemed to show a lack of interest in Jonas’ welfare once the cancer was diagnosed.
“Apart from one email from the club doctor to Jonas on October 17th, asking for contact details for the doctor in Argentina, I did not receive any telephone calls or emails from the club and neither did Jonas.”
The barrister acting for Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, Sean Jones, asked Ms Montore to explain why she hadn’t raised any concerns about discrimination directly with the club.
“If you had genuinely thought that your son was being discriminated against, rather than just treated insensitively, you would have raised it formally wouldn’t you?”
Ms Montore replied:
“I think you are trying to dress a monkey with a silk dress and trying to pretend that it is a princess.”
I get a feeling that with every passing day of this Jonas Gutierrez disability case, I am going to feel ever more embarrassed at the conduct of Mike Ashley and his lackeys at our football club – tainting us with such disgusting behaviour.
All the way through his treatment, every interview you ever read with Jonas Gutierrez, he constantly said how the club had never shown any interest or concern in him once the cancer was diagnosed.
I bet if you were working on a zero hours contract at Sports Direct, you wouldn’t be expecting much sympathy if you discovered that you had cancer…