Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has appeared at a tribunal hearing for her constructive dismissal case against the Premier League champions.
The 42-year-old doctor was dropped from first-team duties by then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for treating Eden Hazard during the latter stages of the 2-2 opening day Premier League draw with Swansea City.
The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn “impulsive and naive”. Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club.
According to BBC Sports, the preliminary hearing, held in private, took place at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon.
Carneiro is suing Chelsea for constructive dismissal and breach of contract. There is also a separate but connected legal claim against former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for alleged discrimination.
Carneiro arrived at court holding hands with her husband, Jason De Carteret, and surrounded by her legal team, and made no comment to the waiting members of the press as she entered the building.
The hearing is set to fix the timetable for the case, and deal with witness statements and disclosure of documents – including texts and emails – from each side, as well as any legal procedural disputes which currently exist between the two parties.
A date for a full hearing could be fixed for some time in June but there may be another preliminary hearing arranged before that takes place.