Bloke sacked for supporting Rangers wants ex boss to pay £80,000 compensation

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A Rangers-mad dad-of-two is seeking a hefty compensation pay-out of £80,000 after claiming he was sacked from his job due to his love of the club.

Eddie McClung, 51, told of his alleged discrimination during an employment tribunal hearing in Glasgow, Scotland this week.

The 51-year-old is seeking £80,000 after claiming a contract he was a subcontractor of was terminated at an energy site due to his supporting of The Gers.

The strange claim is now in the hands of the employment tribunal, who must decide whether or not McClung's supporting of The Light Blues is a "philosophical belief" in need of workplace protection.

Rangers fan McClung, from Bonnybridge near Falkirk, represented himself in the hearing, where he described his passion for the Europa League runners-up as a "belief" and that he lives "in accordance with being a Rangers fan".

The 51-year-old said: "I live my life in accordance with being a Rangers fan. I don't go to church. I go to Rangers. It's a belief to me."

Countering McClung's claim of religious Rangers belief, lawyers for his ex-bosses told Judge Lucy Wiseman that "support for a football club is not a belief system".

McClung took action after he made claims that his love for Rangers was "as important" as a religion for others.

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McClung said: "Going to games has left me with memories I will never forget.

"If people say their religion is protected, how many times do they go to church? I would argue it's as important to me as someone who has a religion."

He said that despite losing his job, "Rangers keeps me going," and that his "life commitment" to attending games at Ibrox had been squandered by financial troubles as a result of his job loss in May 2019.

McClung says that due to losing his job, his marriage broke down and he was forced to sell his home during the coronavirus lockdown, Daily Record reported.

Rangers-mad McClung also alleged that there was graffiti mocking the 1971 Ibrox Disaster in the toilet of the site, where a large number of Celtic and Hibs fans are said to have worked.

Lawyers acting for the Doosan Babcock company allege that "being a Rangers fan is not a philosophical belief" and that there is "no requirement to hold a particular belief to support Rangers."

Judge Wiseman told the Glasgow hearing that she would consider the submissions, with a further hearing to come at a later date.

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