Arsenal Women fined £50,000 over sacking of autistic coach

  • Club staff to undertake an education programme
  • Carpenter dismissed in 2014 after disclosing he had autism

The Football Association has fined Arsenal Women £50,000 after ruling they had carried out “an act of discrimination” by “reason of disability” in their dismissal of a former coach. Club staff will also be required to undertake an education programme.

The under-15s coach Robin Carpenter, who began working for Arsenal in 2007, had taken the club and the then technical director of the club’s centre of excellence, John Bayer (who was announced to have left his post of interim manager of the Championship side London City Lionesses on Wednesday morning) and then development manager Clare Wheatley, who both denied liability, to an employment tribunal alleging that he had been dismissed in May 2014 shortly after disclosing that he had autism. The club settled the case for £17,200 in 2015. 

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