Former Chelsea team doctor settles case against club, Mourinho
Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has settled with the club over discrimination claims dating back to last August, BBC reports.
Carneiro also reached a settlement in her case against former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who allegedly shouted a sexually discriminatory slur at her in Portuguese during the first game of the Premier League season last August as she went onto the field to treat forward Eden Hazard. Following the game, he criticized her and another team doctor publicly.
Mourinho, now the manager of Manchester United, who was present at the settlement, admitted to his comments on Tuesday.
“I am relieved that today we have been able to conclude this tribunal case,” Carneiro said in a statement. “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. My priority has always been the health and safety of the players and fulfilling my duty of care as a doctor.”
The club said it apologized “unreservedly” to Carneiro, who reportedly rejected a settlement worth £1.2 million (around $1.7 million USD) earlier in the week. The terms of the settlement were kept confidential.
“The club regrets the circumstances which led to Dr. Carneiro leaving the club and apologizes unreservedly to her and her family for the distress caused,” Chelsea’s statement read. “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. Mourinho also thanked Dr. Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as first team doctor and he wishes her a successful career.”