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Mourinho ‘ must say sorry’ insists doctor in Chelsea job fight

- By David Pilditch

Dr Carneiro at tribunal with her husband yesterday, Right, her clash with boss Mourinho, inset A FORMER Chelsea team doctor demanded a public apology from her old boss Jose Mourinho yesterday in a legal battle to win back her job.

Eva Carneiro, 42, had hoped to settle her case against the football club, following a furious pitchside row when he was manager.

But the case appeared to be heading for a full public hearing after the parties failed to reach a settlement.

Before yesterday’s hearing, the doctor’s barrister Mary O’Rourke QC said: “We are not expecting a resolution today.

“The two sides are so far apart financiall­y. And we want Mr Mourinho to make a public apology.”

Lawyers were locked in talks behind closed doors for more than six hours during a judicial mediation hearing. It is expected a full public tribunal will be heard in June but the parties can settle at any point prior to the court date.

Dr Carneiro, wearing a long black coat, arrived for the hearing at the London South employment tribunal in Croydon holding hands with her husband, polar explorer Jason De Carteret. She declined to comment when she left but shook her head when asked if a settlement had been reached.

Ms O’Rourke said: “Mediation proceeding­s are confidenti­al.”

Dr Carneiro is claiming constructi­ve dismissal and discrimina­tion after she was dropped from firstteam duties following a row with Portuguese Mourinho, 53, on the opening day of the season last August.

He blasted her and first- team physio Jon Fearn for going on the pitch to treat Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard for what the manager considered a minor injury.

It left Chelsea temporaril­y down to nine men against Swansea and after the game ended in a 2- 2 draw, Mourinho said the medical team had been “impulsive and naive”. Dr Carneiro did not appear on the bench again and left the club before launching her legal action, claiming she was unfairly treated.

The club filed its defence tribunal hearing in December.

Dr Carneiro also has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho, in which she alleges victimisat­ion and discrimina­tion.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea in December after a disastrous start to the season, was not at the hearing yesterday.

He was cleared of using sexist language towards the Gibraltar- born doctor by the Football Associatio­n.

But the governing body has been criticised for not interviewi­ng her as part of its investigat­ion.

World football body Fifa’s medical chairman Michel D’Hooghe has backed Dr Carneiro’s insistence that she was simply doing her job.



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