Footballer Rico Quitongo has described losing his race discrimination claim against his former club as a “bitter blow”.
The 23-year-old took Airdriedonians FC and one of its directors, Paul Hetherington, to an employment tribunal over allegations of racial discrimination.
He claimed he was racially abused by a fan during a game last year, and while the club carried out an investigation into the matter, it was later dropped due to “insufficient evidence”.
An employment tribunal hearing in Glasgow examined how the case was handled, with Quitongo claiming he was a victim of racial harassment and victimisation.
However in his ruling published this week, tribunal judge David Hoey said the claims were “ill-founded” and ruled against Quitongo.