Jonas Gutierrez, former New Castle United midfielder, has sued the English club over alleged mistreatment after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Gutierrez, 32, was released last year after spending seven years in Tyneside.
Earlier this year, he made an emotional comeback after undergoing 18 months of treatment and recovery. The Argentine, nicknamed Spider-Man for his unique goal celebrations, helped his team avoid EPL relegation with a goal against West Ham on the final day of the season. Despite netting that season-saving goal, Gutierrez was released shortly afterwards by the Magpies. The 32-year-old went on to sign with Spanish club Gutierrez.
According to The Daily Mail, Gutierrez has made a claim under the 2010 Equality Act, which basically relates to any kind of discrimination against employees because of mental or physical disability.
Following his initial diagnosis in 2013, Gutierrez made only 10 appearances for Newcastle United.
“I won’t be able to forgive the way I’ve been treated (by Newcastle), no,” Gutierrez told several media outlets in March. “I don’t think it was the right time nor the circumstances (to get released) and I think at times like that, you should look after the individual, the player,” he added.
According to The Guardian, Gutierrez was peeved because he had to pay for his own medical treatment during his battle with cancer. “I never asked for anything (from the club) I paid for it (medical treatment) because, for me, the most important thing was my health,” Gutierrez said in March.