Jonas Gutierrez has won his case against Newcastle United for disability discrimination.
The Argentina winger was released by the Geordies less than six months after recovering from testicular cancer, and started legal proceedings as he claimed his illness was the reason he was not granted a contract extension.
Newcastle – managed by Alan Pardew and John Carver during Jonas’ illness – was due a one-year contract extension to his deal if he made a certain number of appearances, something his chemotherapy and recovery prevented him from doing.
Gutierrez played for the Magpies for seven seasons, since signing from Mallorca, and now plays for Deportivo in Spain.
The tribunal found Newcastle had not made ‘reasonable adjustments due to his disability’ and a two day remedy hearing will decide what settlement he will receive.
It is expected the club will have to pay around £2m in compensation to the 32-year-old.
Looks like Newcastle can’t win their battles off the field as well as on it.