Sunday 17 December 2017

How touchline spat escalated into costly tribunal case

Dr Eva Carneiro leaves the tribunal
Dr Eva Carneiro leaves the tribunal

Tuesday's settlement brings to an end a legal saga that began on the opening day of the Premier League season.

:: August 8 2015

Chelsea's first-team doctor Eva Carneiro runs onto the pitch during the opening day to treat player Eden Hazard. She claimed then manager Jose Mourinho shouted behind her "filha da puta", Portuguese for "daughter of a whore". In a post-match press conference he said the medical staff had been "impulsive and naive".

:: August 10 2015

Mourinho allegedly tells Steve Atkins, head of communications and PR at Chelsea, that he did not want Carneiro on the bench at the next match, adding: "She works in academy team or ladys (sic) team, not with me."

:: August 11 2015

Dr Carneiro is stripped of her first team duties.

:: September 21 2015

Dr Carneiro resigns from her post with the team. Later that year she claims constructive dismissal against Chelsea, and a separate, but connected, personal legal action against Mourinho for alleged harassment and sex discrimination.

:: Talks in January and February 2016 fail to result in a settlement.

:: June 6 2016

The tribunal, expected to last up to 10 days and see Mourinho give evidence, begins at the London South Employment Tribunal centre in Croydon. In a statement to the tribunal, Mourinho conceded that he used the term "filho da puta", meaning "son of a whore", but insisted he had been using it throughout the match. He said in football "a lot of swear words are used". It also emerges Dr Carneiro allegedly refused an offer of £1.2 million to settle.

:: June 7 2016

Dr Carneiro was due to begin giving evidence but, after last-minute talks, agreed to settle her case against Mourinho and Chelsea. The club apologised to the doctor for the distress caused to her, but former manager Mourinho did not follow Chelsea's lead, instead thanking Dr Carneiro for her service.

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