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Tube driver sacking case dropped
Chris Barrett
Chris Barrett injured his ankle playing football
An appeal against a tribunal's finding that the sacking of a Tube driver caught playing squash while on sick leave was unfair, has been dropped.

London Underground (LU) said it had reached a settlement with Chris Barrett who lost his job last year after being seen leaving a sports centre.

Mr Barrett's claim that he had been advised to exercise to help his ankle injury was upheld by the tribunal.

It has been reported that Mr Barrett received 8,500 in the settlement.

In May the Central London Employment Tribunal heard how the 30-year-old from Hackney, who earned 32,000 a year, injured his ankle while playing football.

'Fairly and responsibly'

Mr Barrett, a former professional footballer who is now working as a sports injury therapist, said he had played squash to test his ankle's strength.

LU had vowed to fight the tribunal's decision.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union backed Mr Barrett and a strike was held in support of him in November 2003.

But an LU spokesman said the company still stood by its decision to sack the driver.

He said: "We believe that we acted fairly and responsibly in dismissing Mr Barrett."

Bobby Law, London regional officer of Mr Barrett's union the RMT, said: "We have always maintained that Chris Barrett should never have been dismissed."

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