Jonas Gutierrez has revealed that after winning his case for disability discrimination against Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, a number of his former team-mates rang to congratulate him on the outcome.
Jonas named a number of players he keeps in touch with, including current keeper Rob Elliot, as well as the likes of Gosling, Perch and Ryan Taylor who have left (Very difficult to believe that he won’t have spoken to best mate Coloccini as well).
Speaking on Radio 5 Live, Jonas Gutierrez said that his then Newcastle colleagues knew what was going on and couldn’t comprehend ‘the way Newcastle treated’ the Argentine international.
Delivering their decision, the tribunal believed the account given by Jonas Gutierrez over the less than convincing evidence give by Mike Ashley’s minions past and present: Lee Charnley, John Carver and Alan Pardew all having their versions called into question.
Jonas says he doesn’t want to say it was Ashley behind the whole cynical campaign waged against him…BUT then states that it was Mike Ashley who WAS responsible for the way he was treated, saying he is the one who runs the club and makes the decisions.
Yet another damning indictment on Mike Ashley and the way he runs Newcastle United, just the latest embarrassment for supporters who watch in dismay what is happening at their club.
Jonas Gutierrez talking on Radio 5 Live:
“I have good pals from my time there, players I have played a long period with, like Perchy (James Perch), Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Robbie Elliot – we were so close and we continue talking sometimes.
“They know what things were going on and they can’t understand the way Newcastle treated me.
“When the court announced (their decision), they called me and said congrats because they know what I had to go through.
“I don’t want to say it was him (Mike Ashley)….I don’t want to speak too much about this – but the one who runs the club is Mike Ashley and he is the owner, so he makes the decisions over there.”
“For me, it was the worst period in my life, I didn’t deserve that type of treatment.
“It’s important to leave a precedent for the future. No one can go through this again, not footballers or any employees, that is more important.
“It made me learn a lot about life. Now we’re here I’m really happy about what I’ve been through. To be alive and be healthy is more important for me.”
“I want them to stay up, the city and the fans don’t deserve to go down.
“It is a massive club – the fans are massive and they deserve to stay in the Premier League. They’re in a tough situation but I say to the fans to be positive, to believe.
“It is for me, the best years in my career. The fans, the city make me feel so at home. Once a Geordie, always a Geordie is something that is totally true.
“Once you play in that shirt you want to support that team.”