Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carnerio was reportedly unable to reach a settlement with the Premier League Champions after a three-hour tribunal hearing on Wednesday.
The preliminary meeting was held at the London South employment Tribunal in Croydon before an employment judge where she was seen entering the building hand in hand with her husband Jason de Carteret.
She was reportedly surrounded by her legal team and made no comment to the media and later left the building after. A spokes person from inside the courtroom was quoted saying “It was a private hearing and what happened in the hearing is a private matter,”
After the three-hour hearing, Mary O’Rourke QC, representing Carneiro, said no settlement had been reached and a date had been fixed for the next hearing.
The 42-year old was relieved of her duties earlier in the season after then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticized her and her first team physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch in the middle of a game to treat star player Eden Hazard.
The Portuguese manager termed the two ‘impulsive and naïve’ after the game as Chelsea were down to 9 men for a brief period of time. She was never on the bench since then and later parted ways with the London franchise.
The hearing was expected to set the timetable for the case, and deal with witness statements and disclosure of documents – including texts and emails – from each side, as well as any legal procedural disputes which currently exist between the two parties.
Eva also has a separate personal legal action over Jose Mourinho for alleged victimization and discrimination. However, the manager was later cleared off the allegations following an investigation from the Football Association.
However, Carnerio and FA’s independent board member later criticized the FA for not taking a statement from the former.
The physio also had the backing of FIFA’s medical chairman Michel D’Hooghe who backed Eva’s instance that she was only doing her job.
The club and Jose Mourinho have not parted ways in the best manner and the Carnerio’s case is only making things worse for the London franchise following a dismal start to their season.