Saturday 3 December 2016

Chelsea, Eva Carneiro and Football Medical Association statements

Published 07/06/2016 | 16:11

Dr Eva Carneiro, pictured, has reached a settlement with Chelsea and Jose Mourinho
Dr Eva Carneiro, pictured, has reached a settlement with Chelsea and Jose Mourinho

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho on Tuesday afternoon reached a settlement with ex-team doctor Eva Carneiro over her claims that she was constructively dismissed by the club, and victimised by its former manager.

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Both parties announced the settlement, the terms of which are confidential, in statements following the hearing.

Here is the club's statement in full:

"Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Dr Carneiro which brings her employment tribunal proceedings against the club and Jose Mourinho to an end.

"The club regrets the circumstances which led to Dr Carneiro leaving the club and apologises unreservedly to her and her family for the distress caused. We wish to place on record that in running onto the pitch Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first.

"Dr Carneiro has always put the interests of the club's players first. Dr Carneiro is a highly competent and professional sports doctor. She was a valued member of the club's medical team and we wish her every success in her future career.

"Jose Mourinho also thanks Dr Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as First Team Doctor and he wishes her a successful career."

Here is the statement from Dr Carneiro in full:

"I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving forward with my life.

"My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor. In running onto the pitch to treat a player, who requested medical attention, I was following the rules of the game and fulfilling my medical responsibilities.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me including my husband, family and friends and members of the football community."

The Football Medical Association also released the following statement:

"We are pleased to see a resolution of what has been a lengthy and protracted case involving Dr Carneiro.

"Dr Carneiro has now been completely exonerated by Chelsea Football Club with this unreserved apology. Importantly, Chelsea Football Club has also put on record that in running onto the pitch, 'Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor'. This is an important message for all football clubs stating clearly that the responsibility of the medical team is, first and foremost, for the safety and well-being of the players.

"This settlement will now enable Dr Carneiro to put events of the past year behind and look forward to resuming her medical career."

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