Eva Carneiro 'to sue Chelsea for constructive dismissal'
Last Updated: 30/10/15 11:14am
Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is to sue the club for constructive dismissal, according to the Press Association.
PA reports that legal papers were served on the club this week which will trigger an employment tribunal - unless an out-of-court settlement can be agreed before a hearing takes place.
Carneiro refused to confirm or comment on the reports when asked by Sky Sports News HQ at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday evening.
The doctor was dropped from first-team duties on August 8 after she and physio John Fearn were criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, which left the Blues temporarily down to nine men as he left the field for treatment.
Mourinho has since been cleared by the FA of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro but the doctor has criticised the governing body over its investigation.
She said earlier this month: "I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of August 8 via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement.
"I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings."
Carneiro's lawyers served the papers after failing to agree a settlement with Chelsea. The three-month period in which a claim must be notified ends on November 8, but any employment tribunal would be heard in public and such cases are usually settled beforehand to avoid potential embarrassment.
Chelsea have previously said they cannot comment on internal staffing matters.