- Ex-team doctor Eva Carneiro threatened to expose embarrassing dossier of texts and emails to sex discrimination tribunal
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea today agreed a humiliating pay-off with ex-club doctor Eva Carneiro minutes before she was due to give explosive evidence against them.
Ms Carneiro had claimed Mourinho sexually discriminated against her and called her the ‘daughter of a whore’ during a match before allegedly forcing her out of her ‘dream job’.
Mourinho was due to give two days of evidence and could have faced to potentially embarrassing witness statements and documents – including texts and emails – being made public.
Chelsea had fought back yesterday claiming Dr Carneiro had betrayed the club, ignored Mourinho’s instructions by treating a player on the pitch and was so huingry for fame she would sit behind him on TV.
But today the new Manchester United boss made a shock visit to Croydon to end her employment tribunal and agree a likely seven-figure deal.
Row: Mourinho was upset when Carneiro ran on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard with head physio Jon Fearn last August, pictured, and later called her ‘impulsive and naive’
Dr Carneiro left the Premier League club after Mourinho suggested she did not understand the game of football, triggering an explosive sexism row.
She accused the manager of sexual harassment by branding her a ‘daughter of a whore’ in Portuguese during a match last year, and says the club took his side.
But Mourinho claims he actually shouted ‘son of a bitch’, which he claims would not be sexist, London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon was told.
Since he and Dr Carneiro both speak Portuguese, the tribunal heard that academic experts ‘in Portuguese swearing’ would be called to give evidence.
The bust-up during the match against Swansea last August happened when she and another medic raced on to the pitch to treat midfielder Eden Hazard.
Mourinho later criticised them in a TV interview for acting too hastily because it meant he would be a player down at a crucial juncture in the game, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Exchange: Dr Carneiro claims that she ‘clearly heard’ Jose call her a ‘daughter of a whore’ as she ran onto the pitch in an incident that led to this touchline row, and eventually her exit from the club
A deal was done in a back corridor of the court and Chelsea then issued a statement saying it ‘regretted the circumstances’ which led to former club doctor leaving and ‘apologises unreservedly to her and her family for the distress caused’.
Dr Carneiro has received an unreserved apology from Chelsea but crucially Mourinho failed to give her the public apology she had demanded.
The statement added that Jose Mourinho thanked Dr Carneiro for the ‘excellent and dedicated support’ she provided and wished her a ‘successful career’.
But when asked ‘Why no apology from you Jose?’ by MailOnline outside the court today he refused to comment and grinned as he was rushed away in a waiting car.
The new Manchester United boss was due to give evidence in Croydon next week and had been warned he faces two days of questions
The terms of the settlement will remain secret but yesterday the tribunal heard Chelsea offered £1.2million to silence Ms Carneiro, who they said made ‘scandalous’ claims about working for manager Jose Mourinho.
But she rejected the money – more than four times her annual salary – and the offer of her ‘dream job’ back.
Dr Carneiro, who has demanded a public apology from Mourinho was suing Chelsea for constructive dismissal, unfair dismissal under health and safety laws, sex discrimination and harassment.
She was suing Mourinho – who won the Premier League three times in two spells at Chelsea, where he referred to himself as the ‘Special One’, and is now the £75million manager of Manchester United – for alleged victimisation and discrimination.
Daniel Stilitz QC, representing Mourinho and Chelsea, told the tribunal the doctor had ‘made a series of scandalous, irrelevant and untrue allegations’ in her witness statement, which is due to be made public today (TUES).
He said: ‘She has been made an open offer of £1.2million to settle her claims, far more than the respondents [Mourinho and Chelsea] believe she could realistically recover even if she succeeded on all her claims.’
But she had rejected ‘all overtures’, he said. He rejected the idea that Chelsea and Mourinho ‘were somehow hostile to the idea of women working in football’.
Portuguese boss Mourinho, pictured as the incident happened, claimed Carneiro was ‘impulsive and naive’ for running on to treat Hazard – but he claims that swear words said on the touchline were not aimed at the doctor
In a statement issued on their club website today, Chelsea said: ‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’
In a statement Dr Carneiro said: ‘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.
‘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.’