Thursday afternoon brought the announcement that Jonas Gutierrez had WON his case for Disability Discrimination against Newcastle United and Mike Ashley.
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 has responded to the support shown to him by Newcastle fans in his time at the club and especially during the tribunal hearing.
Jonas putting out the following via 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.
Jonas’ mam also revealed that she had contemplated suicide, as she was so upset at the time with the way the club dealt with her son as he was trying to cope with the testicular cancer.
Yet another disgraceful episode in the running of the club under Mike Ashley and it is also the second tribunal that Ashley has lost whilst at Newcastle.
The previous one saw Kevin Keegan win around £2m after the club was shown to have lied to him.
Good luck to Jonas Gutierrez and great to see the bond that exists between Newcastle fans and the former player, despite all of the attempts by Mike Ashley and the club to turn people against him.
Sky Sports report that the findings of the tribunal were revealed in a 64 page document, part of which said:
“We concluded that the reason why the respondent managed the claimant’s selection was because they no longer wanted him at the club because of his cancer.”
The tribunal added that the club “made a very rapid decision” after Jonas returned following treatment at the end of 2013, “that they no longer wanted him, because of his cancer.”
The panel also found there was then “a continuing course of conduct” by Newcastle to “remove” Jonas Gutierrez from the club.