Former first team doctor at Chelsea Eva Carneiro has rejected a £1.2m settlement from her former employers as shown by documents submitted to her employment tribunal, BBC Sport reports.
Carneiro was last year criticized by the then coach of Chelsea Jose Mourinho and dropped from first-team duties after she went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the 2015-16 season against Swansea. Afterwards Mourinho called Dr Carneiro and first team physio Jon Fearn “impulsive and naive”.
Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and left the club soon after and now the doctor is claiming constructive dismissal against the football club and also bringing a separate legal action against Mourinho, who left Chelsea in December, for alleged victimization and discrimination.
Dr Carneiro’s lawyer said the former Chelsea manager would face at least one day of questions at the hearing in the case that is anticipated to be heard over seven to 10 days at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon.
Dr Carneiro’s lawyer Mary O’Rourke QC told the hearing she is likely to take at least a day to cross-examine Mourinho – now manager of Manchester United – who did not attend the first day of the case. The tribunal was adjourned until 14:00 BST on Tuesday.
Legal papers submitted to the tribunal on behalf of Chelsea FC and Mourinho showed Dr Carneiro had been “made an open offer of £1.2m to settle her claims”.
The football club’s legal team said it would show the club had taken these steps only because it believed that it was “in no-one’s interests that this dispute should be determined through litigation”.