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Friday, 26 October, 2001, 08:35 GMT 09:35 UK
Sacked Post Office worker reinstated
Post Office Counter
Mr Doherty worked as a counter clerk at the Post Office
Employers who sacked a postal worker for allegedly being involved in football violence have been told to give him his job back.

Michael Doherty, from London, won his claim for unfair dismissal against Royal Mail, now known as Consignia, earlier in the year.

On Thursday an Employment Tribunal also ruled he should be reinstated as a counter clerk at the Post Office and receive compensation.

A spokeswoman for Consignia said they were disappointed at the original tribunal finding in Mr Doherty's favour, but were pleased it was accepted that he was not sacked for his trade union activities.

Case 'travesty'

Last year Mr Doherty was dismissed after a photograph appeared in newspapers apparently showing him involved in clashes between football supporters.

He claimed he had been acting in self-defence after the UEFA Cup final between Arsenal and Galatasaray in Copenhagen in May 2000.

Mr Doherty said he was pleased his name had been cleared and was looking forward to returning to his job.

He called the case against him a "travesty".

Following the same incident Mr Doherty's brother Tom, who is a postal worker, was also sacked.

A tribunal will decide next month whether he should be reinstated.


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