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.
Dr 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 faced an embarrassing dossier of witness statements and documents – including texts and emails – being made public.
Chelsea claimed yesterday that Dr Carneiro had betrayed the club, ignored Mourinho’s instructions by treating a player on the pitch and was so hungry 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 agreed a likely seven-figure pay deal.
Chelsea also gave Dr Carneiro an unreserved apology but crucially Mourinho refused to say sorry and grinned as he left the tribunal this afternoon.
‘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.
Jose Mourinho thanks Dr Carneiro for the excellent and dedicated support she provided as First Team Doctor and he wishes her a successful career
Mourinho’s statement after tribunal deal
‘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.’
Source – Sports Mail