Jose Mourinho settles with Eva Carneiro at employment tribunal

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Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have reached a settlement with former club doctor Eva Carneiro at her employment tribunal

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have reached a settlement with former team doctor Eva Carneiro over claims she was constructively dismissed by the club and discriminated against by its former manager.

Manchester United manager Mourinho - who had not been expected to attend until he was due to give evidence next Monday and Tuesday - arrived at the tribunal in Croydon just after 1pm on Tuesday, along with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.

Former Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro (C) leaves Croydon Employment Tribunal
Image: Former Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro (C) leaves the employment tribunal in Croydon

Their arrival delayed the start of day two, during which Carneiro was due to begin giving evidence, but after last-minute talks between the parties, a settlement was agreed shortly before 3.30pm.

The case was expected to last seven to 10 days and on Monday it was revealed that Carneiro had refused £1.2m to settle her claims with Mourinho and Chelsea.

Former Chelsea and current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves with Bruce Buck
Image: Former Chelsea and current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves with Chelsea's chairman Bruce Buck

A statement on the club's official website read: "Chelsea Football Club is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Dr Carneiro which brings her employment tribunal proceedings against the club and Jose Mourinho to an end.

"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. We wish to place on record that in running onto the pitch Dr Carneiro was following both the rules of the game and fulfilling her responsibility to the players as a doctor, putting their safety first.

Eva Carneiro and Jose Mourinho clashed on the touchline after Eden Hazard received treatment against Swansea
Image: Carneiro and Mourinho clashed on the touchline after Eden Hazard received treatment against Swansea

"Dr Carneiro has always put the interests of the club's players first. Dr Carneiro is a highly competent and professional sports doctor. She was a valued member of the club's medical team and we wish her every success in her future career.

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"Jose Mourinho also thanks Dr Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as First Team Doctor and he wishes her a successful career."

Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro arrives on Tuesday at Croydon Employment Tribunal
Image: Carneiro has admitted her relief that a settlement has be reached

A statement from Carneiro read: "I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case. It has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for me and my family and I now look forward to moving forward with my life.

Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn treat Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge in August
Image: Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn treat Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge in August 2015

"My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor. In running onto the pitch to treat a player, who requested medical attention, I was following the rules of the game and fulfilling my medical responsibilities.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me including my husband, family and friends and members of the football community."

A spokesman from Women In Football added: "Women in Football are delighted that Eva's name has been rightly cleared and her professional reputation as a doctor upheld.

"Eva has been courageous in her fight for a public apology from Chelsea and acknowledgement that on the day in question she was simply doing her job. We completely deplore and condemn her treatment by the club since and welcome their unreserved apology."

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