Former Chelsea doctor settles discrimination case against Jose Mourinho
Eva Carneiro agrees to an undisclosed sum, dropping her constructive dismissal claim against the Blues, which she filed after she left in December for alleged victimisation
Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro on Tuesday agreed a deal to settle a case against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for alleged discrimination for an undisclosed sum, a reporter at the hearing said.
“The parties agreed to the settlement of this dispute on confidential terms,” a Chelsea representative said at the start of a brief hearing.
In a statement after the announcement, Carneiro said she was “relieved” to have concluded the tribunal case, calling it an “extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family”.
Chelsea said it was “pleased” that an agreement had been reached.
“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,” said a club statement.
British media reports suggested that Carneiro had earlier rejected a settlement of £1.2 million (HK13.44 million).
The tribunal was examining a claim of constructive dismissal against Chelsea and a connected, personal legal action against Portuguese boss Mourinho, who left the Blues in December, for alleged victimisation and sexual discrimination.
Dr Carneiro had alleged that she was sexually discriminated against after she went on to the pitch to treat winger Eden Hazard during the opening day of the Premier League season last August.
Hazard was brought down heavily during stoppage time in the opening-day match against Swansea. Chelsea were down to 10 men following the dismissal of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, and because Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn had come on to the pitch, Hazard had to go off before he could resume playing, leaving Chelsea with nine men on the field.
“I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive,” Mourinho said after the game.
Mourinho then removed her from the position of match-day doctor.
Four days later, on August 12 last year, the Premier League Doctors Group issued a strong defence on behalf of Carneiro, saying the medics were clearly summoned by the referees to attend to Hazard.
Refusing to go onto the field would have breached the doctor’s duty to a patient, said Mark Gillett, the group’s chairman, who is also West Bromwich Albion’s performance director.
On Tuesday, Mourinho made an unexpected appearance alongside Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck at the London South Employment Tribunal in suburban Croydon, shortly before the announcement of the settlement.