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Tribunal told of woman’s sexual relationship and explicit texts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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A FORMER member of staff at Burton Albion was said to have described a new player as ‘her next conquest’, a tribunal has been told.

Kerry Miller allegedly set her sights on former goalkeeper and male model Stuart Tomlinson as soon as he walked into the club, saying she thought he was ‘fit’ and that she planned to engage in a relationship with him.

She also had a sexual encounter with defender Ryan Austin and sent an explicit topless photograph of herself to striker Billy Kee, the hearing was told.

The picture of former marketing worker Ms Miller was shown to several players after she sent it to Kee, along with another in which she was wearing only her underwear, allegedly causing ‘division’ among the footballers.

Kee also sent naked pictures of himself during the exchange in 2012, but Ms Miller claims she deleted them.

During the tribunal in Leicester, Sarah George, counsel for the club, said to Ms Miller: “The dressing room is a place where you have got 26 professional footballers, all of them needing to work together as a team.

“They do not need things which are going to be divisive and cause dissent within the team.

“It’s fair to say that sort of setting is going to be a hotbed of testosterone.”

The exchange of pictures features in a list of actions described by the club as ‘inappropriate’ and were said to distract the players and cause discomfort.

Others include allegations that Ms Miller, who was widowed in 2010, would walk into the dressing room unannounced when players were undressing, and claims that she deliberately took on duties which would allow her to flirt with members of the team.

The 45-year-old (pictured), who lives in Marchington, near Uttoxeter, said: “I can’t help if you have got these young guys who find me attractive. If any woman came into the club who was attractive they would have been the same.

“I didn’t do anything wrong.”

She was photographed holding a picture of Stuart Tomlinson from his modelling work, and ‘looking happy with herself’, the tribunal panel heard.

On another occasion, a picture was posted to Facebook of Ms Miller with Mr Tomlinson on a night out when the goalkeeper was recovering from injury.

The former sales and marketing assistant denied having designs on Mr Tomlinson, and stressed they were not having a relationship.

The allegations emerged during a five-day tribunal investigating claims of sexual discrimination, harassment and constructive dismissal against Burton Albion.

The tribunal continues.

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