Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro is set to sue the club for constructive dismissal.
Words: Ena Bilobrk, Subeditor: Jack Everitt
According to the Press Association, Carneiro and her lawyers have sent legal papers to the club this week. If they cannot agree an out-of-court-settlement within days, the 42-year-old Gibraltarian will take Chelsea to an employment tribunal.
Carneiro was a member of the Blue’s medical staff that Jose Mourinho accused of being “impulsive and naïve” for treating Eden Hazard during a draw against Swansea in August.
His team were struggling against the Welsh club and the Chelsea boss was sure his star-player “did not have a serious problem” so he removed her from first-team duties.
After discussions with club’s officials, the doctor decided not to return to work. The Football Association started to investigate discriminatory comments but the Chelsea boss was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Heather Rabbatts, the Football Association’s only female board member commented: “The footage the abuse she has endures in silence from the stands during her career is something we should all be ashamed of.”
She added that the Association’s approach had been “seriously disappointing”.
A constructive dismissal claim needs to be filed by Nov. 8, leaving a week for the two parties to agree terms before court action.