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Chelsea, Mourinho settle case brought by dismissed doctor Carneiro

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Chelsea FC and Dr. Eva Carneiro have settled their case regarding her treatment by the club under now-fired manager Jose Mourinho.

Both sides released statements.

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Chelsea’s reads with glowing praise of Carneiro, while the doctor’s comments don’t mention Chelsea or Mourinho by name at all:

“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.”

Mourinho could face grilling over conduct toward Dr. Eva Carneiro

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LONDON (AP) Jose Mourinho could face questions at an employment tribunal about his treatment of a club doctor while he worked at Chelsea.

Eva Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal by Chelsea, separate from her legal action against Mourinho. The Portuguese coach was fired by the club in December, four months after his public outburst against the medical staff.

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Mourinho, now the manager at Manchester United, will have to appear at the Croydon Employment Tribunal in south London within the next two weeks, unless a settlement is reached.

Carneiro’s attorney, Mary O’Rourke, says cross-examining Mourinho will take at least a day.

Carneiro was criticized by Mourinho on the first day of last season for rushing on to the field to treat Eden Hazard.

Eva Carneiro appears at hearing against Chelsea

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Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro appeared at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

The tribunal hearing for her constructive dismissal case against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea took place in private at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon.

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Carneiro is suing Chelsea for breach of contract and constructive dismissal after former manager Jose Mourinho publicly criticized her actions during the opening game of the season — Chelsea drew 2-2 with Swansea City and Carneiro ran on the pitch late in the game to treat the injured Eden Hazard, an action which momentarily left the Blues with only nine-men — and then demoted Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn.

The duo were no longer allowed on the bench and had their duties with the first team altered by Mourinho.

Carneiro subsequently left her role with Chelsea and has since filed a separate but connected legal claim against Mourinho, alleging the Portuguese manager of discrimination.

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The role this situation played in Mourinho’s downfall at Chelsea must not be underestimated as the former manager came under huge criticism for the way he handled Carneiro and although Chelsea’s poor results on the pitch ultimately led to his dismissal as boss on Dec. 17, 2015, just seven months after delivering the PL title, the legal proceedings hanging over the heads of both him and the club were all his doing.

Expect to hear plenty more about Carniero’s court appearances in the coming weeks as both sides were unable to reach an agreement with a full hearing expected later in 2016.

Carneiro launches legal claim against Mourinho

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Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has launched a new legal claim against manager Jose Mourinho.

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As his team continues to struggle on the pitch — their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend was their sixth in the Premier League this season as the reigning champs languish just above the drop zone — Mourinho now faces a possible court battle as Carneiro attempts to sue him after he publicly criticized the doctor and then demoted her from first-team duties following an incident in the opening game of the season against Swansea City.

Carneiro has since parted company with Chelsea and has already launched a legal claim against the club. This new claim of constructive dismissal is against both the club and Mourinho as an individual.

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According to the Press Association, legal papers will be served to Mourinho this week as part of the separate but connected claim. If an out of court settlement isn’t reached, the case could go to court as under UK employment laws, Carneiro can argue that Mourinho could be liable for damages if any type of victimization of discrimination is proven.

Carneiro is claiming that Mourinho was key in having her dropped from the bench and demoting her, which was his decision and led to public outrage as Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn were both scolded by the under-fire Chelsea boss. The incident all of this stemmed from was when Carneiro and Fearn rushed onto the field late in Chelsea’s opening day 2-2 draw against Swansea City to treat Eden Hazard as the player then had to leave the pitch momentarily, which left the Blues with only nine-men for the closing stages following a red card earlier dished out to Thibaut Courtois.

Ex-Chelsea doctor Carneiro rips FA; English authorities respond

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Surely Jose Mourinho and Chelsea would do just about anything to make the Dr. Eva Carneiro scandal go away..

Mourinho made headlines after Opening Day when he criticized the respected Chelsea team physician for going onto the field to tend to Eden Hazard, ensuring the Blues would play with nine men for a short period of time.

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And as time went on, the issue gained notoriety. First, Mourinho removed her from the match day team. Then, claims that he verbally-abused her in sexist fashion came out, before Dr. Carneiro quit her post with Chelsea.

Finally, threats of legal action came, and Dr. Carneiro broke her lengthy silence on Friday with a statement that was met with vigorous disapproval from the Football Association.

Her statement:

“I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8th of August via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement. I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings.

“Last season I had a similar experience at a game at West Ham FC, where I was subject to verbal abuse. Following complaints by the public, the FA produced a communication to the press saying there had been no sexist chanting during this game. At no time was I approached for a statement despite the fact that vile unacceptable, sexually explicit abuse was clearly heard.

“It is incidents such as these and the lack of support from the football authorities that make it so difficult for women in the game.”

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The FA’s response:

“We have never received any information or complaint from Dr Carneiro. Including in written correspondence with her lawyers, it has been made explicitly clear that if Dr Carneiro had evidence to provide or wished to make a complaint she was more than welcome to do so. That route remains open.”

This is trickier than it seems. Verbal accounts have to be verified, and Dr. Carneiro would need someone on the Chelsea staff to have heard Mourinho, and be willing to likely lose their job by speaking up.

On the other hand, if Dr. Carneiro hasn’t filed a complaint, well, why not? Has she been cautioned not to? Is it a matter of principle? Something nefarious from either end?

There are a lot of questions here, and it seemingly gets murkier by the day. If the story as we “know” it is true, then Carneiro has been treated very poorly by Chelsea and Mourinho. Whether the “football authorities” have been an obstacle instead of a help to a female or a physician — let alone a female physician — myriad other questions are in play.