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Dean Williams is taking TNS to an industrial tribunal claiming unfair dismissal and unpaid wages
FORMER keeper Dean Williams is taking TNS to an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal and unpaid wages.
He claims the club used bullying tactics to get him out and has tried to ruin his footballing career.
But the club says it has bent over backwards to try to get to the bottom of Williams' complaints and the door was still open for him to talk to them.
The keeper claims that trouble flared in March when he and another player, believed to be Martin Naylor, objected to the way manager Ken McKenna spoke to them.
A meeting with two of the TNS management team was arranged at which both players were given the options of training with the first team or the youth academy.
Williams said he chose to go to the youth academy training sessions while Naylor went back to first team training sessions.
A letter was then received by Williams from the management warning him that if he didn't resume training he would be fined and suspended.
He claimed he did exactly what the letter directed but he was still suspended for 14 days.
He was then fined two weeks wages for not training on the day he had attended the meeting with TNS bosses.
Williams said his contract was terminated and the wages he was due to receive between March and May went unpaid.
The employment tribunal is due to hear Williams' case against TNS FC on 22 September in Shrewsbury and he also has an appeal hearing pending with the FAW over his unpaid fine.
TNS director Richard Hann said: "The club tried to hold a thorough internal investigation into the matter but Dean Williams was uncooperative. We were never able to finish that procedure.
"When a hearing with Wales FA was fixed, Dean pulled out with an hour to spare after we and the FA had incurred expenses."
Williams signed non-contract for Aberystwyth Town's Uefa Cup ties against FC Dinaburg, but his pending case against TNS could well stall hopes of a permanent move to the Park Avenue outfit.
30 July 2021
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