Newcastle United did not desire to pick Jonas Gutierrez as he was a “liability” following cancer treatment, the winger stated.
Jonas Gutierrez claims he was not deemed for selection by Newcastle United so they could release him from his contract immediately after deeming him a “liability” following cancer treatment.
The Argentine winger is suing the club for a charge reported to become inside the region of ￡2million and, inside a statement to an employment tribunal which is hearing his claim for disability discrimination, Gutierrez accused Newcastle of deliberately guaranteeing he did not play enough matches to trigger an extension.
Gutierrez, who joined Newcastle in July 2008, had a testicle removed in October 2013 and underwent chemotherapy treatment the following year.
The 32-year-old returned to first-team action in March 2015, but was released by Newcastle in the end of final season.
In his statement, Gutierrez recalled a 2013 meeting with former manager Alan Pardew in which he was told he was totally free to seek a new club.
“This was the first time I – or any of my representatives – had been notified of this and it came as a terrific shock, so quickly right after my cancer remedy,” he stated.
“I was quite shocked by the club’s sudden adjust of heart about me, especially as I had played in 194 games for the club at this point and was among the essential first-team players.
“I believe that the reason for this was because of my cancer diagnosis and really recent operation to get rid of the tumour.
“I think they feared my illness would imply that I could no longer play at the highest level and they thought of me to become a liability in lieu of an asset for the club.
“I got the impression that they believed I could not be precisely the same player once more just after such an illness or that I’d be bound to have lingering effects, other episodes of illness off the back of it.
“This caused me lots of distress, given my tough operate and commitment for the club in the preceding five-and-a-half years.”
He added: “It is notable that in the course of my chemotherapy therapy, neither the manager, Alan Pardew, or any club directors contacted me to find out how I was feeling or to congratulate me on my recovery.
“Shortly following my return to the club from chemotherapy, I was known as into Mr Pardew’s office. Mr Pardew apologised for the way he had treated me in December 2013, when he told me I was not wanted by the club any longer but he stated that this was not his decision.
“I understood by this that the decision was actually that with the club’s owner, Mike Ashley.”