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Gillingham charged with race victimisation

VICTIMISED: McCammon (PA)

GILLINGHAM HAVE been charged with race victimisation by the Football Association after the club refused to pay off medical bills for striker Mark McCammon.

The FA ruled the club and its chairman Paul Scally breached its regulations when the forward, who has now retired, was dismissed from the side.

McCammon, a former Barbados international, was fired by Gillingham in 2011 and proceeded to sue the club in August 2012, claiming he was subjected to different treatment because of his ethnicity.

The 36-year-old accused his ex-club of trying to force him out the door by not paying his medical expenses when injured, while claiming team staff behaved differently to black players.

He cited an example of a white team-mate being flown to Dubai for private treatment, while he was asked to get treated for free on the NHS.

McCammon, who signed for Gillingham in 2008, said the club put him “through hell” as they sought to sack him. Meanwhile Scally has denied the allegations and said the former striker’s claims were “without foundation”.

Gillingham have been ordered to pay £68,000 in compensation to McCammon and now have until November 14 to respond to the charge of race victimisation.

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