Huddersfield chairman disappointed as Mason wins unfair dismissal case

Huddersfield chairman Ken Davy has expressed his disappointing after the club lost a case of unfair dismissal against former player Keith Mason.

Mason, 31, was dismissed by the club for gross misconduct last October, in relation to a controversial nude photograph that was put out on Twitter, which the club said jeopardised their work in the community and relationship with young people.

Now at Castleford, Mason had more than three years left on his contract at the time, and the judge at Leeds Crown Court found in his favour.

The former St Helens, Melbourne and Wakefield forward is now in line for a compensation payout of at least £167,000, plus legal costs.

Davy said: “The Huddersfield Giants are a child friendly, family friendly community club and in defending those standards and values we have disappointingly lost a case of the unfair dismissal of a former player. 

“It is a sad reflection on today’s values that this was the outcome. 

“Nonetheless I am proud that we stood up for what we believe is right for our supporters and this great club and as long as I am Chairman of the Huddersfield Giants we will continue to do so.”

Mason could line up against the Giants on Sunday, with Castleford making the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium.

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