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Ex-Chelsea FC doctor Eva Carneiro at constructive dismissal tribunal

Published 06/01/2016

Eva Carneiro arrives at Montague Court, Croydon for an initial hearing in an employment tribunal on January 6, 2016 in London, England. Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea Football Club and also has a seperate but connected case against former manager Jose Mourinho, who has left the club for alleged victimisation and discrimination. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Eva Carneiro arrives at Montague Court, Croydon for an initial hearing in an employment tribunal on January 6, 2016 in London, England. Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea Football Club and also has a seperate but connected case against former manager Jose Mourinho, who has left the club for alleged victimisation and discrimination. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Eva Carneiro (R) arrives at Montague Court, Croydon for an initial hearing in an employment tribunal on January 6, 2016 in London, England. Carneiro is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea Football Club and also has a seperate but connected case against former manager Jose Mourinho, who has left the club for alleged victimisation and discrimination. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Eva Carneiro arrives at Croydon Employment Tribunal for an initial preliminary hearing as she is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea FC
Legal action: Eva Carneiro
Eva Carneiro is to take legal action against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho
Chelsea's Eden Hazard is helped off by physio Eva Carneiro, left, and Jon Fearn, right
Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro
Eva Carneiro left her role with Chelsea after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea FC team doctor Eva Carneiro has arrived at a tribunal court for her constructive dismissal case against the Premier League club.

The preliminary hearing is taking place at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon and is being held in private before an employment judge.

Carneiro arrived at court holding hands with her husband, Jason De Carteret, and surrounded by her legal team, and made no comment to the waiting members of the press as she entered the building.

The 42-year-old doctor was dropped from first-team duties after then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised her and first-team physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the season.

The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn ''impulsive and naive''.

Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and later parted company with the club.

The hearing is set to fix 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.

A date for a full hearing could be fixed for some time in June but there may be another preliminary hearing arranged before that takes place.

The parties may also agree to a settlement before the case is heard.

Chelsea filed their defence in the case last month.

Carneiro also has a separate personal legal action against Mourinho, who left the club in December, for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro following an investigation by the Football Association.

Afterwards, Carneiro and the FA's independent board member, Dame Heather Rabbatts, criticised the governing body for not interviewing the doctor as part of its investigation.

Carneiro has also had backing from Fifa's medical chairman, Michel D'Hooghe, who contacted the doctor to offer his support and that of the world governing body. He has backed Carneiro's insistence that she was simply doing her job.

Leaving court 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.

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