Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is said to be the subject of individual legal action from former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro as the her lawyers are already suing the club for constructive dismissal.
The incident in question occurred on 8 August, the opening day of the Premier League season, when Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn rushed onto the pitch during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea to treat midfielder Hazard. Carneiro was dropped from first-team duties after Mourinho said she was “naive” for treating Eden Hazard during a draw with Swansea.
The reports according the Press Association means the Chelsea boss will have to appear at an employment tribunal unless there is an out of court settlement. The individual legal claim against Mourinho means Carneiro’s lawyers are alleging he was instrumental in Carneiro’s apparent demotion.
The legal papers are expected to be served on Mourinho this week as part of separate, but connected, claims against him and against the Chelsea.
The doctor’s lawyers said neither she nor they could comment as the legal proceedings are active, while Chelsea have also not commented on the case.
Mourinho was then criticized for his comments but was cleared of using discriminatory language by the Football Association.
Carneiro revealed she had not been spoken to personally during the investigation, nor asked to provide any statement, however, the FA said she was given an opportunity.
The handling of the case has also been criticized by the Women in Football network group and FA independent director Heather Rabbatts who is also under investigation by the FA for her comments concerning the demotion of the former Blues doctor.
The FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn and head of governance Darren Bailey are to be questioned about the handling of the case by the governing body’s Inclusion Advisory Board later this month.