- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Former Newcastle player Jonas Gutierrez has won a disability discrimination claim against his old club.

Gutierrez alleged he was frozen out of the first team because of his diagnosis with testicular cancer in 2013 - a claim rejected by Newcastle, which said the midfielder simply did not feature in successive managers’ plans for the squad.

The 32-year-old Argentine brought an employment tribunal claim against Newcastle for disability discrimination after accusing management of ensuring he failed to make enough appearances on the pitch to trigger a lucrative one-year contract extension.

A tribunal concluded that Newcastle “no longer wanted him at the club because of his cancer.”

Newcastle said it was “dismayed” by the verdict and will consult its legal team over “the options available to us.”

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