Monday 16 July 2018

Chelsea FC fails to reach deal in row with team medic

Former Chelsea Football Club doctor Eva Carneiro
Former Chelsea Football Club doctor Eva Carneiro

Dominic Harriss in London

Football manager Jose Mourinho and his former club Chelsea appear to be heading for a public employment tribunal after lawyers apparently failed to reach a settlement with ex-team doctor Eva Carneiro.

Dr Carneiro was criticised by former Chelsea manager Mourinho and dropped from first-team duties after she rushed on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during a draw with Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League season last August.

She is suing Chelsea for constructive dismissal and has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

After yesterday's private hearing at the London South Employment Tribunal, Dr Carneiro's barrister refused to be drawn on whether a deal had been reached.

Dr Carneiro refused to speak to the media as she left the employment tribunal building in Croydon, accompanied by her husband, polar explorer Jason De Carteret, but shook her head briefly when asked if a resolution had been reached, meaning the case is now likely to go to a full employment tribunal, expected in June.

That would be held in public and could see Mourinho, Dr Carneiro and representatives from Chelsea called to appear as witnesses.

Before yesterday's private hearing, Mourinho was urged to make a "public apology" to Carneiro.

The former Chelsea boss was not present at the hearing.

Dr Carneiro (42), was dropped as Chelsea's first-team doctor last year after then-manager Mourinho angrily berated her and physio Jon Fearn after they went on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge to treat the injured Hazard during the second half, as the Blues struggled to a 2-2 draw.

Their action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men, and afterwards Mourinho called Dr Carneiro and Mr Fearn "impulsive and naive".

Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards her following an FA probe.

Irish Independent

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