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Discrimination own goal?

No sooner had West Ham lost the game that saw them being relegated for the second time in eight years from the Premier league had their Israeli manager, Avram Grant, been sacked. No doubt he saw his dismissal coming.

However, West Ham's co-owner, David Sullivan, when being interviewed by Sky Sports said that West Ham will "definitely get a British Manager, whether he is English, Scottish or Welsh makes no difference".

Can anyone spot what Sullivan did wrong?

Sadly there were two own goals here. The first was to state that, in effect, anyone other than a Brit will not be considered for the job and second, that by implication, the applicant must be male. The statement contravenes two of the nine protected characteristics detailed in the Equality Act 2010, namely Race (which includes citizenship) and Sex.

Discrimination awards have no upper limit...

This was first published in June 2011

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