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Prince's Trust loses race appeal
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An appeal against the race element of the case failed
The Prince's Trust - a charity set up by the Prince of Wales - has lost its appeal against accusations of racial discrimination.

The verdict on the trust was handed down after a black former top flight football player was sacked because of his colour.

Darren Beckford, who played for Manchester City, lost his job with the charity two years ago, but later won a claim for unfair dismissal.

The trust accepted the dismissal ruling, but it emerged on Wednesday its appeal against the racial element of Mr Beckford's case had been thrown out.

Following the hearing in Manchester, Mr Beckford is expecting to win tens of thousands of pounds in compensation.

Mr Beckford, who also played for Oldham Athletic, worked for the charity as a team leader with young ethnic minorities.

Apology hopes

His solicitor, John Hewison, said his client was pleased he had finally been vindicated and is now waiting for a "remedies hearing" about how much compensation he will get.

However, Mr Hewison said: "He is not happy that he has had no proper apology for what happened.

"I just hope (the charity) holds its hands up and say it is sorry about it all."

A spokeswoman for the Prince's Trust said that since the original tribunal, the charity had changed its management and diversity practices.



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