Arsenal Women have been fined £50,000 for “an act of discrimination” in dismissing an employee “by reason of disability” in 2014. Some members of Arsenal staff will also be required to undertake an education programme.
Arsenal denied the allegation, which related to the exit of former U-15 coach Robin Carpenter in 2014. However, an independent regulatory commission concluded Arsenal “treated him less favourably than they would have treated an employee without disability.”
An FA statement read: “Arsenal Women FC has been fined £50,000 and members of its staff are required to undertake an education programme following a breach of FA Rule E4. The club denied an allegation that, in dismissing an employee, it carried out an act of discrimination by reason of disability that was not otherwise permitted both by law and the rules and regulations of the FA. However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent regulatory commission.”
A full copy of the judgement can be read at this link, by clicking on the pdf document at the foot of the page.