The fall-out between Newcastle United and Jonas Gutierrez has, unfortunately, been extremely unsavoury.
The Argentine left the club at the end of last season with the Magpies choosing not to offer him a new deal.
But that’s far from the end of the story.
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Gutierrez was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2013 and claims he was deliberately left out of the side so the club wouldn’t trigger an automatic extension clause in his contract.
The 32-year-old is suing Newcastle for around £2 million over disability discrimination.
Gutierrez had to start 80 matches during his four-year contract which he signed in September 2011 in order to trigger an automatic one-year renewal at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
But, he says that then-manager John Carver waited until it was impossible for him to reach the 80 matches before he started him for the remaining five matches of the season.
Gutierrez wrote in a witness statement: "Due to their concerns about my cancer I consider that the club then ensured that I would not be selected to start in a sufficient number of matches to trigger the option.
"In late April 2015 I was told the club may consider offering me a new playing contract but would only consider this at the end of the season.
"However, I knew by this stage the club had taken steps to ensure the automatic option in the contract was not triggered. I found it difficult to believe that they would in any event offer me a new contract,” he said, per the BBC.
His Mother has now given her thoughts on her son’s departure from Newcastle and claims that the club's treatment of him made her contemplate suicide.
"I was so distressed at what they had done to Jonas, I just wanted to take my own life at the club's door," Ms Montore told the employment tribunal.
"I was going to leave a letter to say what a terrible way they had treated Jonas."
She added: "He returns from his operation to have lost a testicle - from a hit on Newcastle's pitch, he returns from that operation and they throw him out like a bad dog.”
Ms Montore was speaking with one of Gutierrez’s lawyers, Colin Pomford back in January 2014 and when she heard the news that her son was to be released from the club, felt suicidal.
"I told Colin that I felt so desperate and low about the situation that I considered harming myself," Ms Montore, who is also her son's manager, told the tribunal on Wednesday.
"I asked Colin what the club would do if I were to commit suicide at the stadium, leaving a note explaining that this was due to the despair that I felt about the discrimination my son was facing by the club.”
Gutierrez spent seven seasons at St. James’ Park before he was released on a free transfer last summer. He is now plying his trade for Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga and has made 11 league appearances this season.
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