Earlier today the tribunal decided that Mike Ashley and Newcastle United had discriminated against Jonas Gutierrez because of disability.
The tribunal started hearing evidence in March and over the course of two weeks, Mike Ashley called upon John Carver, Lee Charnley and Alan Pardew to give evidence to back his case against the popular Argentine football player.
Despite these attempts, Mike Ashley failed and the tribunal which had met in Birmingham to hear the case has now decided that Jonas Gutierrez argued successfully on two of the four counts of disability discrimination.
The former Newcastle player having brought the case when he developed testicular cancer and felt the club didn’t treat him in the correct way.
An emotional Jonas Gutierrez responded to the support shown to him by Newcastle fans in his time at the club and especially during the tribunal hearing when saying on his Twitter account:
“I am a Geordie thanks Newcastle fans for your support. I love The city. I hope WE stay up. Come on The toon.
“Once a Geordie always a Geordie.”
Mike Ashley’s legal team gave Jonas Gutierrez a hard time during the hearing and reduced the former Newcastle player to tears when accusing him of only being interested in money when bringing the action.
The embarrassment of Ashley and the club is now complete, after they produced the following in response to the tribunal decision. Especially in light of how the tribunal’s 64 page document in explaining their findings, absolutely tore into the likes of Charnley and Pardew who had given evidence on behalf of Newcastle United and the owner.
Official club statement
‘Newcastle United Statement – Jonas Gutierrez
“The tribunal has now given its decision in the case brought against the Club by Jonas Gutierrez. It found for him on two of the four heads of claim.
“We recognise that the task facing the tribunal was a difficult one, but we are dismayed by its decision.
“We will now take time to consider the judgement in full and consult with our legal team to understand the options available to us.”
Where is the humility?
Where is the apology?
Where is the shame?