AP Source: Gutierrez's court case against Newcastle to start
Mar. 19, 2016
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Former Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez's discrimination case against English Premier League club Newcastle will begin on Tuesday, a person familiar with the proceedings said.
Gutierrez is suing Newcastle for 2 million pounds ($2.9 million) over the way he was treated after his battle against testicular cancer, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Saturday because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
Gutierrez has made the claim for disability discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act, alleging Newcastle deliberately managed his selection in the final year of his deal in the 2014-15 season so he would not reach a certain amount of appearances that would trigger a new one-year contract. Newcastle chose to not offer him a new deal at the end of that season.
Gutierrez returned to action midway through that season after being treated for testicular cancer. He forced his way back into the Newcastle team and scored in its final match of the campaign that helped preserve Newcastle's place in the Premier League.
Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Mallorca in 2008 and scored 12 times in 205 appearances.
The case is due to be heard at an employment tribunal in Birmingham, central England.